Walking the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough. Copyright Destination Marlborough
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Guide

Walks

Get to know Marlborough step by step, via walking tracks to alpine peaks, golden trails on working farms and native bush walks in the Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough walks can be as challenging as Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku, as beautiful as the Queen Charlotte Track and as relaxing as the Taylor River reserve.

Whether you’re hiking for a day or a week, staying in a tent, hut or lodge, you’ll love the pace of Marlborough.

Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku

At 2885m (9,645 feet), Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku is the highest New Zealand peak outside the Southern Alps and is a popular three-day hike for experienced groups with good navigational skills.

Tappy, as the locals call it, was the springboard for legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary's climbing career that took him to be the first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest.

"I'd climbed a decent mountain at last," Sir Ed said of his weekend solo climb in 1944, while training with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in Marlborough during WW2.

His three-day weekend on Mt Tappy was no mean feat - walking 32km (20 miles) up the Awatere Valley, followed by a long tramp up the Hodder River and a 14-hour climb to the top, before doing it all in reverse on the way home.

The views can be stunning on a good day, but the mountain shouldn't be attempted in bad weather. Access is through Gladstone Downs, high up the Awatere Valley, and hikers must contact Allan and Bev Pitts (ph 03 575-7471) to obtain access permission and to notify details of your intentions. Allan and Bev are able to advise on local weather conditions and river levels, as well as demand for hut space.

The Marlborough Tramping Club's website provides information to climbers and trampers planning to visit the Inland Kaikoura Mountains.

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