Last Updated: 12th Jan 2024

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A Full Chalice

Blenheim, Marlborough

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 12th Jan 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 28 ?

Gnarl Factor: 41 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest



Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.9%


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From the carpark it is well signed. Head on to the trail and start your downhill. You will drop a little over 400m in 2.5km roughly so enjoy, because coming back up is less fun.

When you get to the bottom, check in at the hut, fill out the book with your intentions and head off clockwise around the lake. The trail around the lake is well formed for the most part, though there are a few technical sections. A couple of trails intersect as you go, but the round the lake route is clearly marked.

Once you have completed the loop, got some good pics. Fill your drink bottle at the waterfall at the bottom of the climb out, then you slog your way back to the car.

Cool High Country lake and probably the largest downhill you have started a run with.

Plenty of room to park.

64 km

75 minutes




Just read the signs


Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

A whole lake at the bottom, lots of feeder streams as you go around and several streamlets on the way back up the hill when you really need them!

This is very high up, I would imagine it gets snow and very cold in winter. You wouldn't take the road in without a 4wd and chains and lots of experience in winter.

A few scree and technical areas around the lake that require a bit of care.

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