Walking the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough. Copyright Destination Marlborough
  • Te Araroa Trail

    Welcome to the South Island

  • Queen Charlotte Track

    1 of NZ's iconic walks

  • Short walks

    Plenty to choose from

  • Heritage walks

    Walk through historic sites

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.

Oruawairua Walk, Blumine Island

Blumine Island is a predator-free island in the Queen Charlotte Sound, 22km (14 miles) from Picton, and the new Oruawairua Track is a brilliant way to explore it.

Walk from the Blumine Island campsite, at the edge of the sea, to the western gun emplacement. There are a couple of short steep sections, but it’s mainly a gentle gradiant blessed with views.

Download the Birds of Blumine Android app on your smartphone before you go, and keep your eyes open for wildlife, including saddlebacks and kakariki, or inhabitants of one of the weta 'motels'.

Grade

Easy: walking track

Length

2.4km one way (55min walk)

Getting there

You can get to Blumine/Oruawairua with your own boat, by water taxi from Picton, or by sea kayak. There are no moorings or jetty so you will need to be prepared to anchor your boat and get wet feet.

Birds of Blumine app

Birds of Blumine app

Birds of Blumine is a free sound and picture gallery Android app featuring birds that live on Blumine Island.

This simple-to-use app lists the 14 significant native birds that now live on the island and includes an image and audio clip for each - use this to help identify birds during your trip, or for when your share your stories of the island back home.

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