View from near the summit of Mount Stokes Track

Image: Daniel Rauber | Creative Commons


This tramping track in Kenepuru Sound follows a ridge to the summit (1203 m), the highest point in the Sounds.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

4-5 hrs return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track


Walk to the the highest point in the Sounds and see a unique sub-alpine habitat with spectacular views.

Getting there

From Queen Charlotte Drive turn-off at Linkwater onto Kenepuru Road. The start of this track is 41 km from the turn-off at Linkwater. Kenepuru Road is narrow and winding.

History and culture

Mount Stokes is named after Captain John Stokes, who charted the entire New Zealand coastline between 1848 and 1851 in the survey ship Acheron, visiting the Sounds in 1849. The Maori name is Pororangi.

Know before you go

  • The weather in the Sounds is generally mild, but conditions can change quickly, especially on the water. Ensure that you have adequate equipment and experience.
  • This track can experience alpine conditions, including thick fog. Check the weather forecast before you and go. Don't go past the bushline if visibility is poor.
  • Light fires only in designated areas.
  • Carry water.
  • In late summer and autumn, carry antihistamine if allergic to wasp stings.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
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Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
Postal Address:   PO Box 161
Picton 7250
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