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Pelorus Loop Track , Marlborough

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Pelorus Loop Track Intermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Alex Radford

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

8 (Slow)
6.5 (Moderate)
5 (Fast)



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Beginning at the car park run up to Maungatapu saddle up to the top of mount Maungatapu. Run along to Dew lakes then up Little Twin and Dun Mountain. There you will get to view the Dun Mountain emergency shelter.

Continue running to Rocks hut to Middy Hut and then to Captains Creek Hut. From Captain Creek hut run along and down and past the beautiful Emerald Pools. From the Emerald Pools run back to the car park.

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 70%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 10%

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  • Access

    Park at the car park at the end of Maungatapu road.

    Lots of parking available.

    76 km

    95 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Orange markers lead the whole way through.


    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    There is available water at Rock hut which is drinkable. The rest of the route look for small creeks which are available along the way. Ideally bring a filter.

    Exposed to cold winds and snow

  • Post run indulgence

    Pelorus Cafe
    Pelorus Bridge

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