Last Updated: 17th Jan 2024


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Pukaka Valley Track

Blenheim, Marlborough

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 17th Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 40 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.9%


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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.

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A good sized carpark.

20 km

25 minutes




Fllow the orange triangles... there are plenty


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.

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Claire Whittle

Claire Whittle

has completed Pukaka Valley Track twice in the last year.

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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

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