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.
Save your breath for the breathtaking views and stroll some of Marlborough’s short tracks. A few minutes or hours on your feet can yield big rewards, with easy walks to everything from a seal pup nursery to a golden beach in the Marlborough Sounds.
Short walks in Marlborough
From beach trails at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, to sub alpine climbs in the Richmond Range, Marlborough has a range of day walks, whatever your level or choice of scenery. Pack your coat, your lunch and your walking boots, and set out to explore.
Marlborough day walks
Trek to a lighthouse at the edge of a reef or a resort at the edge of the Marlborough Sounds. Walk through native bush to a secluded beach, or climb a mountain range to a panoramic view. Stay in a tent, hut or luxury lodge, and choose to carry your luggage or have it taken ahead. The only challenge with hiking in Marlborough is choosing where to go.
Multi-day walks in Marlborough
- Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve Walks
- Snout Track
- Grovetown Lagoon - Te Whanau Hou
- Black Jack Track
- Cullen Point Lookout Track
- French Pass Lookout Track
- Governors Bay Track
- Kaipupu Point walk
- Karaka Point Walk
- Mistletoe Bay tracks
- Motuara Island Track
- Oruawairua Walk, Blumine Island
- Picton walks
- Antimony Mines Track
- Walk The Link Pathway
- Wairau Lagoons Walkway
- Wither Hills Farm Park
- Archer Track Walk
- Cape Campbell
- Mt Stokes Track
- Richmond Range day walks
- Queen Charlotte Track day walks
- Awatere Tussock Track (private walkway)
- Richmond Range walks
- Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku
- Nydia Track walk
- Queen Charlotte Track walk
- Molesworth East West Route walk
- Leatham Molesworth Route
- Devils Creek walk
Roy Grose DOC Conservation Services Manager, Marlborough Sounds
“Marlborough is the mountains to the sea. One day you can be out in the Marlborough Sounds, and the next day be up at Lake Rotoiti. On the way you can stop and pick cherries or have a glass of wine at a cellar door. It doesn’t get much better than that.”My insider guide to Marlborough
Expect an eyeful of views when you walk Picton’s Snout Track, which begins at the Snout Track car park, above Endeavour Park.
You will walk first to the Queen Charlotte View Lookout, and can carry on from there to a picnic area at the end of the headland.
There are many small adjoining tracks within Victoria Domain to reach the start of this track, including via Lower Bob's Bay Track, Upper Bob's Bay Track and the Picton-Waikawa Walkway.
Whilst most walkers head to the Queen Charlotte Track, this is an ideal walk for those who only have a few hours, but still want to get some stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds.
From the end carpark in Victoria Domain, allow approximately 3 hours return. If you're walking from Picton, allow at least 4 hours return.
From Picton along Waikawa Rd, turn left onto Sussex St, and continue straight through the next intersection into Victoria Domain (see the blue line on the map)
From Picton via Bob's Bay, Harbour View Track, or the Picton-Waikawa track. Start by walking over the tall curved walking bridge, then follow the water's edge to your left to find the start of the track. Please note, there is a small section in Victoria Domain where you may need to walk alongside the road, please take extra care.
A toilet is located mid-way along Snout Track. Camping is not permitted.
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