Last Updated: 17th Jan 2024

Beginner

Save Trail Save

I've done it Done

Pukaka Valley Track

Blenheim, Marlborough

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 17th Jan 2024

Beginner

Save Trail Save

I've done it Done

Open

Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 40 ?

9.0km

465m

465m

464m

  

  

  

Login as a VIP to see driving directions, distance and time.

Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Riverside

Run Makeup

2%
48%
35%
15%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.9%

Trailhead

Login as a VIP to see the trailhead information.

Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:20

Moderate

1:00

Fast

Head through the gate by the carpark and head across the picnic area to the trail. After a few hundred metres the trail turns to gravel farm track and then quickly back to single track. Just keep following the orange triangles.

The first 2.5km is cruisy and flowing, little ups and downs. When you get to the DOC sign that all changes and you hop on the elevator... 400m vert in the next 2km as you climb, climb and climb some more.

Eventually you reach another DOC sign, this one is on the Mt Robertson Loop Trail. To finish this trail you can turn here and enjoy some awesome downhill... or if you really want to bag some points and serious vert you could do the full Mt Roberston Loop.  Either way back to the same point and then head back down.

Some great native bush, abundant birdlife.

If you know of any public toilets near the trail start or on the route, please login and then let us know so we can update this section.

A good sized carpark.

20 km

25 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

Fllow the orange triangles... there are plenty

Non-existent.

Thermal 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

A stream next to you for most of the first 2km and last 2km.

Can get muddy after heavy rain

Some technical ascent and descent with steep sections, tree roots etc.

Trail Legend

Claire Whittle

Claire Whittle

has completed Pukaka Valley Track twice in the last year.

Learn about Trail Legends.

You and Pukaka Valley Track

As a VIP member you can record private notes for this trail, see all of your times and more.

Register Now

Already have an account? Login now

Trail Reviews

Beautiful track. As you start to climb and then descend there was a fair amount of loose rock and slipping making for slow progress. Well worth it though. I would suggest also combining with Mt Robertson.

Claire Whittle

October 25, 2023

Combined this trail with the Mt Robertson Loop. Pukaka had quite a few large fallen trees and was slow and slippery. Still lots of fun though.

Richele McKenzie

November 7, 2021

Login to submit a review

Trail Running Community

Find people who are interested in or have completed this trail run.

You must register or login to view this feature.

Register Now

Other trails nearby
Pelorus Loop Track

Pelorus Loop Track

Length: 40.0km

Level: Intermediate - Experienced

Wairau Lagoons Loop v2

Wairau Lagoons Loop v2

Length: 10.8km

Level: Beginner

King and Queen of the Withers

King and Queen of the Withers

Length: 10.3km

Level: Intermediate

Torea Bay to Picton Loop

Torea Bay to Picton Loop

Length: 45.1km

Level: Intermediate - Experienced

Find more trails and peaks nearby