Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Pelorus Loop Track

Blenheim, Marlborough

Submitted by Alex Radford

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 81

Gnarl Factor: 70







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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest



Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.5%


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Estimated Times to Run







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.

Lots of parking available.

76 km

95 minutes




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

Pelorus Cafe
Pelorus Bridge

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