Tramping (hiking) and Walking tracks in Marlborough

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Marlborough offers many opportunites for tramping/hiking from easy day walks on well marked tracks to multi-day trips requiring a high degree of fitness and experience of the outdoors.

Mount Richmond Forest Park to the north of the Wairau River has many tramping tracks while the Marlborough Sounds offers the world renowned Queen Charlotte Track.

South Marlborough also offers many opportunities for tramping adventure, including Mount Taupuae-o-uenuku, the highest mountain in New Zealand outside the Southern Alps.

During the open season, Molesworth offers tramping opportunites in one of New Zealand's remotest wilderness environments.

Archer Track near Penzance Bay

Archer Track

The Archer track is an easy walking track in the Marlborough Sounds between Penzance Bay in Tennyson Inlet and Elaine Bay.

DOC sign on Black Birch Track

Black Birch Track

Black Birch Track is a walking and mountain biking track in the Awatere Valley within the Ferny Gair Conservation Area.

Port Underwood Lookout

Black Jack Track

Black Jack Track is a loop track starting from Whites Bay climbing up to a lookout point with views of Cook Strait and Port Underwood

Bothams Bend Track

Bothams Bend Track

Botham’s Bend Track is a short walking and cycling track that runs along the true left of the Wairau River, near Spring Creek.

Native bush, Cullen Point coastal loop track

Cullen Point Tracks

Cullen Point is a DOC reserve 4.5km from Havelock with both a short 10 minute and a longer one hour walking track in native bush with views of Pelorus Sound.

Footbridge on Essons Valley walkway

Essons Valley Tracks

The Essons Valley tracks provide easy access to unspoiled native bush only a short walk from the centre of Picton.

Kotuku Track

Kotuku Track

Kotuku Track is a 4.5km long shared cycle and walkway off Hardings Road that follows sections of the lower Ōpaoa River to the Wairau Bar.

Tummil River

Lake Alexander and Tummil River

The Tummil River route to Lake Alexander provides a walk through beautiful beach forest in untamed wilderness.

Lake Chalice

Lake Chalice Walking Tracks

Lake Chalice, located in Mount Richmond Forest Park has tramping (hiking) tracks that offer good opportunities for day walks in a wilderness area near Blenheim.

Swingbridge over the Leatham River

Leatham Conservation Area tracks

The Leatham Conservation area offers an extensive network of tramping tracks and huts in the Marlborough region.

Lees Creek Track

Lees Creek Track

Lees Creek Track is a DOC tramping track in the upper Wairau region of Marlborough.

Part of the Link Pathway as it passes through Ngakuta Bay

Link Pathway

When complete, the Link Pathway linking Havelock and Picton will be Marlborough's second longest walking track after the Queen Charlotte Track.

Mount Takorika tracks sign

Mount Takorika Tracks

Mount Takorika is a 721 metre peak to the south west of Havelock, with a network of walking tracks through regenerating native bush, accessible directly from Havelock Township.

Start of the Nydia Track in Duncan Bay

Nydia Track

The Nydia Track runs between Duncan Bay in Tennyson Inlet and Kaiuma Bay passing through Nydia Bay.

Mixed forest on Elvy falls/Trig K track at Pelorus

Pelorus Bridge Walking Tracks

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve has a number of short walking (hiking) tracks through a preserved remnant of native bush.

Pukaka Valley Stream

Pukaka Valley Tracks

Pukaka Valley tracks provide opportunities to explore native bush and tramping options from an easy walk to a long day's climb to Mount Roberson summit.

The Queen Charlotte Track near Umungata Bay (Davies Bay)

Queen Charlotte Track

Queen Charlotte Track is Marlborough's premier walking track, promoted in partnership by DOC, Marlborough District Council and private land owners.

Red Hills Track

Red Hills Track

Red Hills Track is a shared tramping and mountain bike track in the upper Wairau Valley in Mount Richmond Forest Park near the boundary between Marlborough and Tasman Districts.

View towards Picton from Snout Walkway

The Snout Walkway

The Snout Walkway is a short walking track beginning near Picton providing excellent views of Queen Charlotte Sound.

Tree fern forest on the Tirohanga Track

Tirohanga Track

Tirohanga Track is a short, but steep walking track in Picton that leads to a lookout point with excellent views of Picton and Waikawa

Access to much of the upper Wairau requires passing through Rainbow Station

Tramping: Upper Wairau

There are numerous options for tramping in the upper Wairau. The alpine environment offers a magnificent scenic experience.

View at start of Waikakaho walkway

Waikakaho/Cullen Creek Walkway

The Waikakaho / Cullen Creek Walkway is a Marlborough tramping track that follows and old goldminers’ trail from the head of the Waikakaho Valley for about 7km to Linkwater.

Wairau Lagoons walkway near the Waverley

Wairau Lagoons Walkway

An easy flat walkway near Blenheim through the Wairau Lagoons salt marsh habitat.

Wakamarina Track

Wakamarina Track

Wakamarina Track is one of several walking tracks in Mount Richmond Forest Park.

Whites Bay Track

Whites Bay Track

Whites Bay Track is a short walk from Rarangi Beach to Whites Bay following a steep trail though a mixture of native bush and pine forest.

Gentle Annie track, Wither Hills Farm Park

Wither Hills Tracks

The Wither HIlls have an extensive network of walking tracks suitable for a variety of levels of fitness and duration.