Mt Stokes Track, Marlborough Sounds

My affliction is this: put a map before my eyes and I am lost. Not lost in the sense that I cannot find my way, but lost in my…

Distance
6km return
Time
5hr return
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Mt Fell Hut via Timms Creek Track, Mt Richmond Forest Park

Mt Fell Hut is situated on the bushline, 1 km south of Mt Fell summit (1602 m), just below an alpine meadow. It’s well worth heading up to this…

Distance
10.8km to hut
Time
Te Rou Road to Mt Fell Hut, 6-8hr; To Mt Richmond, 2.5-3hr return
Grade
Moderate

Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku, Seaward Kaikoura Range

From Gladstone Downs, head up the Hodder River. The narrow ravine cuts through steep, broken hinterland, hemmed in by vertiginous, crumbling walls that rise to a slash of blue…

Distance
17.7km to summit
Time
Gladstone Downs to Hodder Huts, 6-8hr; Hodder Huts to Tapuae-o-Uenuku, 4-6hr
Grade
Difficult

 Scotts Knob Loop, Leatham Conservation Area

Use a 4WD to gain access to the Branch River. Go as far as you can (the author of this trip made it as far as May¬†Stream). Carry on…

Distance
57.9km
Time
Branch River to Mid Silverstream Hut, 7hr; Mid-Silverstream Hut to Bull Paddock Stream Biv, 7-10hr; Bull Paddock Stream Biv to Lost Stream Biv, 8-9hr; Lost Stream Biv to Greigs Hut, 8-9hr
Grade
Difficult

Paske Hut via Paske Saddle, Rainbow Conservation Area

A look at the topo map will reveal something of the character of the Paske Valley: several high peaks, nudging over 2000m, large rolling expanses of sub-alpine grasslands, and…

Distance
15.8km
Time
6-8hr
Grade
Moderate

Paske Hut via Turk Ridge, Rainbow Conservation Area

Directly south of Paske Hut stands Turk Ridge, a high rugged dividing range between the Paske and upper Wairau, which has several crossing points at high cols to the…

Distance
13.7km
Time
7-8hr
Grade
Moderate/Difficult

Isolation Hut, Isolated Hill Scenic Reserve

Sawcut Gorge is an area of spectacular gorges and dense forested terrain which has become an increasingly popular destination in recent years. Fine, warm weather is a prerequisite for…

Distance
4.8km one way
Time
Road end to Sawcut Gorge, 2hr; Gorge to Isolation Hut, 90min
Grade
Easy

Cape Campbell, Marlborough

On an outgoing tide, follow an unmarked route along the coastline to the first point of interest at Mussel Point, where the London Hills fault enters Cook Strait. Carry…

Distance
6.92km
Time
1.5hr
Grade
Easy

Mt Fell Hut, Mt Richmond Forest Park

Take dun Mountain Walkway to Windy Point from where you can take a shortcut to Rocks Hut by dropping down to Collins Creek. This will save an hour or…

Distance
38km
Time
2-3 days
Grade
Difficult

The Snout, Victoria Domain, Picton

The track ascends from the car park in Victoria Domain through regenerating native forest to a viewpoint about halfway along the track. The trail is broad and the views…

Distance
3.12km
Time
3.5hr return
Grade
Easy

Lake Chalice Hut, Mt Richmond Forest Park

The Mount Richmond Forest Park is often considered a poor cousin to Abel Tasman, but for a quick trip close to home, Lake Chalice Hut is hard to beat.…

Distance
2.19km return
Time
1hr
Grade
Easy