Base yourself at one of the beachside campsites and enjoy fishing, swimming, surfing or several walks. A lodge is available to community groups.
Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Clarence provides a remote experience in a vast rugged high-country landscape straddling the Seaward Kaikoura Range.
The Sounds Area encompasses public conservation land between Arapawa Island, D’Urville Island, Rai Saddle and the crest of Richmond Range. Hunting for red deer, fallow deer, goats, and feral pigs is popular throughout much of the area.
The South Marlborough area covers from Blenheim to Kaikoura and westwards to Molesworth. You can hunt red deer, fallow deer, chamois, pigs and goats.
These walking tracks in Pelorus Sounds are boat access only.
This tramping track in Kenepuru Sound follows a ridge to the summit (1203 m), the highest point in the Sounds.
From a 10 minute jaunt to a swimming beach to hour long round trips, the walking tracks of Queen Charlotte Sound give you a range of options.
Experience the spectacular Marlborough Sounds whilst walking or biking the Queen Charlotte Track. The track stretches 70 km from historic Meretoto/Ship Cove through to Anakiwa in the Grove Arm of Queen Charlotte Sound.
The Antimony Mines Track which leads from Endeavour Inlet past the site of an old mine and on to the Titirangi Road.
The 27-km Nydia Track in the Sounds area of Marlborough is an easy 2-day tramp. Plan on an overnight stop at Nydia Bay.
The Pelorus Track in Mt Richmond Forest Park offers walkers 3-4 days of hard tramping through forest and along the river.
This walking and mountain biking track passes through native and pine forest from Penzance Bay to Elaine Bay.
The Rainbow Road is remarkable for the landscape’s transition from wide tussock lands and screes along the Clarence River to craggy, beech‑covered mountains in the Wairau catchment.
This walkway follows an old goldminer's trail across the range between the Wairau Valley and Linkwater. It can be walked or ridden in one day, but you will need to arrange transport between the road ends.
Enjoy beautiful forest and river scenery on one of several walks - there are short, easy options for kids and a river for them to swim in too.
Piwakawaka Track is easy walking track leading from the northern end of Elaine Bay to a small beach.
From the Ferndale campsite there is a 15 minute loop track.
Walk or mountain bike through native forest and farmland from Opouri Saddle down to Harvey Bay (Duncan Bay).
This track takes you to a viewpoint over historic Te Aumiti/French Pass, where the tide rushes back and forth like a river.
Enjoy views of the Kaikoura coastline.
Walk or mountain bike through varied vegetation and enjoy ocean views.
Enjoy expansive views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean.
Climb to the summit of Patutu (1162 m) for great views of the coast and the North Island.
Walk the beautiful loop track for views of Pelorus Sound and Havelock and the short lookout track for views of Mahua Sound.
This road is closed and will reopen on 5 January 2020.
Walk in the footsteps of early Maori and the first run-holders, through the rugged high country landscape and beside the mighty Clarence River.
Between Labour weekend and early April, you can drive through Molesworth Station on the Acheron Road. No caravans, buses or vehicles over 7 m long, and you need a permit to tow a trailer.
Experience the stunning views, native wildlife and history on Blumine Island (Oruawairua).
Climb up to the summit of Mount Royal (1366 m).
Pass over Mt Sunday (1310 m) and Mt Riley (1314 m) on this circuit track.
These tracks provide access to Mt Richmond (1760 m) and can be combined for weekend round trip.
Climb up to Mt Fishtail (1643 m) via Fishtail Hut.
Explore the area around Lake Chalice, the only lake in Mount Richmond Forest Park - the short, easy walk to the hut is ideal for an overnight tramp with children.
Follow the Goulter River from Lake Chalice.
Walk or mountain bike up Mt Patriarch (1656 m).
This circuit via Old Man Hut makes a good weekend tramp.
Experience stunning views over Queen Charlotte Sound and spot some native birds on this walk up to the island's summit.
The island provides a wonderful opportunity to see several rare bird species such as saddleback and yellow-crowned parakeet and get up close and personal to some of our more common species like kererū, tūī, grey warbler and bellbird.
The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy forest and river scenery, in one of the last stands of river flat forest in Marlborough.
Close to Blenheim and Seddon, this area offers opportunities for hunting, mountain biking and tramping.
The reserve sits near the township of Kaikoura, at the point where the undersea Kaikoura canyon approaches close to the land. Visiting the reserve is an unparalleled opportunity to see whale, dolphin and seabird species, and often in large numbers.
Tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, Long Island - Kokomohua Marine Reserve is a great getaway for the whole family. Relax on a sandy beach, explore rocky reefs and admire the distinctive landscapes of the Marlborough Sounds.
The park spans several regions and comprises most of the steep native forest-covered mountain country between Nelson and Blenheim. There are also areas of commercially forested pine plantations on public land.
Te Pākeka/Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds is a predator-free scientific reserve which is a sanctuary for rare and endemic native species. Visits are by permission only.
Molesworth Station is a land of extremes. This vast landscape contains scree-scarred mountains, wide river valleys and tussock slopes. You can drive through Molesworth Station on the Acheron Road.
Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy clifftop views of the sea and mountains. Suitable for families, the whole walkway takes three hours but you can also explore a range of shorter tracks.
Enjoy water activities from scenic coastal campsites at Te Aumiti/French Pass or on the more remote D'Urville Island.
This unmarked route follows the beach from the eastern end of the camping area to Cape Campbell, the southernmost extreme of Cook Strait.
Access to this area is through private land - landowner permission is required.
The East West Route links the Kahutara River in Clarence (Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia) Conservation Park with the Sedgemere Lakes area in the Molesworth Recreation Reserve.
This mainly unmarked loop route travels the Leatham Conservation Area and into the magnificent Molesworth Station Recreation Reserve, traversing mountain tops and tussocky valleys.
A variety of operators offer guided walks along the spectacular Queen Charlotte Track in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. Relax in comfortable accommodation showcasing the gourmet cuisine that the region is renowed for.
Walk in a riverbed to a spectacular gorge. Experienced trampers can continue on to climb Marlborough's highest coastal mountain or explore limestone gorge country.
Experience predator free Blumine Island/Oruawairua where native species flourish, WWII military ruins can be explored and stunning views await along the island tracks.
There are five tramping tracks accessible from the Acheron Road; from short tracks from the cob buildings at Molesworth and Acheron to longer tracks with panorama views.
Enjoy excellent views of the Seaward Kaikōura Range, ocean and coast on a walk around the Kaikōura Peninsula.
Summer-bare or plastered with winter’s snowy coat, Mount Fyffe and the Seaward Kaikoura Range dominate the Kaikoura skyline. They provide recreation opportunities ranging from a family stroll to a serious backcountry journey.
Camp next to the Wairau River and enjoy fishing and swimming nearby.
This challenging trip above the bushline in Mt Richmond Forest Park offers outstanding views over the Waimea Plains and the Inland Kaikoura Ranges.
This area provides opportunities for experienced trampers and hunters.
Enjoy a wilderness driving experience or explore the area from an isolated campsite.
Base yourself at the campsite and enjoy water activities, or follow the beach to a striking lighthouse.
Walk to a waterfall where seals play in winter, or camp in the area and explore other tracks.
Top Valley is a popular recreational area, with short walks, swimming holes and picnic and camping areas.
Base yourself at one of the many campsites or at a hut or lodge - enjoy water activities or explore the tracks in the area.
The Ohau Stream Walk is unsafe due to earthquake damage and is closed until further notice.
Camp in a grassy area with a scenic bush walk.
Isolated Hill Scenic Reserve is typical South Marlborough: rugged bluffs and steep, dry hills drained by stony rivers.
Camp at one of the many coastal campsites, or take in spectacular bays from the numerous tracks. Visit Captain Cook's favourite New Zealand base.
This flat loop track, ideal for kids, follows the lagoon shoreline with good bird watching to the rusting remains of the Waverley ship.
Follow in the footsteps of old goldminers on the Wakamarina Track to cross the Richmond Range from the Wairau Valley to the Wakamarina Valley.
Whites Bay has walks for a range of abilities, including kids - there are rocky areas for scrambling and exploring and a near-flat sandy beach that's excellent for swimming too.