Sedgemere Road

Image: Herb Christophers | DOC


This road is closed and will reopen on 5 January 2020.

Track overview

24 km one way

Mountain biking

Advanced: Grade 4

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving

Seasonal restrictions

The road is only open from early January to mid-February – check this page closer to the time for exact dates.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This is a 4WD‑only road that takes you around Tarndale to the Acheron Road.

It is 24 km long and approximately a 1 hour drive / 2 hour 30 minute cycle, joining the Acheron Road at Red Gate (Severn‑Acheron River confluence). There is no camping along the road – ensure you allow enough travel time to reach the designated campgrounds.

Keep to the marked route. Drivers must be experienced at river crossings and should not attempt the drive during heavy rain or flooding. The road may be closed due to weather conditions or fire danger.

Getting there

  • 23 km from Cobb Cottage to Severn turnoff.
  • 36 km from Acheron Accommodation House to Severn turnoff.
  • 24 km from Acheron Road to Sedgemere Sleepout.
  • Approximately 1 hour drive and 2.5 hours mountain bike ride between Sedgemere Sleepout and Severn turnoff (Acheron Rd).
  • Approximately 30 minutes drive / 2.5 hours cycle from Severn turnoff to Cobb Cottage.
  • Approximately 1.5 hours drive / 3.5 hours cycle from Severn turnoff to Acheron Accommodation House.

Know before you go

Open dates

  • Open from 7 am to 7 pm.
  • Road may be closed due to weather conditions or fire danger. Check the road status before setting out – contact DOC Wairau/Renwick Office ph +64 3 572 9100.


  • Suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles only
  • Keep to marked route only - keep away from Red Gate and Tarndale farm operational areas.
  • Do not attempt the drive during heavy rain or flooding as there are several river crossings.
  • No mobile coverage.
  • No fuel or food available.
  • Check your spare tyre before you go; space saver tyres are not suitable.


Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Marlborough 7243
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