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Dam Dam, Marlborough

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Dam DamBeginner

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:25 (Slow)
1:05 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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Head through the gate and follow the clear 4WD track for about 800m, where it crosses a gravelled turn-around area and enters the single track.

After another couple of hundred metres you reach the intersection where you have the choice about which way to go... you do both, so it's up to you, however we suggest you go right first... this takes you to Humphries Dam. This is the less impressive of the two you will visit (hence the suggestion to do this first). The dam comes on you quite suddenly after about 1.7km from the intersection and is not extremely impressive although the lake is very serene.

Once you have finished there, retrace your steps to the intersection and head out to Barnes Dam, this is by far the more interesting trail with more river highlights, a short tunnel, bridges and an impressive dam that you can climb the steps to the top of (you can't go further though). Also the waterfall caused by the outlet of the dam is very cool.

Once you have you fill, head back to the start.

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Features of interest

Historic water pipes and dams, one of which is still used as back-up water for Picton.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 85%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Garden Terrace is where you are heading, it is off the end of Devon Street, which is off SH1 just north of Nelson Square in Picton

    A good size carpark just short of the start

    29 km

    27 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.


    This trail should be pretty good all year round, it's very well built.

    There are some steep fall-offs to the side of the trail, not much danger to runners but something to be careful of.

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