Last Updated: 7th Oct 2023

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Torea Bay to Picton Loop

Blenheim, Marlborough

Submitted by Alex Radford

Last Updated: 7th Oct 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 62 ?

Gnarl Factor: 43 ?







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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest



Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.5%


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Estimated Times to Run







Need a water Taxi to Torea Bay, plenty of parking in Picton. Beachcomber cruises do regular drop-offs around the sounds. One of them is Torea Bay approx $51. If you want to make your run longer get dropped off further out the sounds on the Queen Charlotte Track.

After being dropped off at Torea Bay wharf, follow the road up to Torea Saddle where the Queen Charlotte Track crosses the Torea Saddle Road. Notice board there with distances maps etc of directions to get back to Anakiwa.

The first half-hour is a bit of a grunt to get up to the ridgeline, before an undulating run across the ridge and back to Mistletoe Bay.

Partway along the ridge you will see a sign where you can drop down into Lochmara lodge. It's about a 15min run down where you can find good food etc.

After running the section from Torea Bay to Mistletoe Bay track comes out onto Mistletoe Road, run down the road until you see the Queen Charlotte Track sign on your right.

Follow the track to Anakiwa, with several good viewing points, and a couple of places you can get down to the beach.

At Anakiwa there is a food caravan which is open often, along with access to water and toilets.

Run up Anakiwa Road and the link track will start on your left side approx one kilometre and will follow just below the road. Follow to Link Water intersection. Turn left on the road to Picton the track follows the road on the left hand side.

Follow the link track to Momorangi Bay, where you can find toilets, water, and a shop.

The Link Track goes up the right-hand side of the shop, follow this straight up through the motor camp. Then straight up past the shop and at the top of camp, the track starts on your left. This runs through to Ngakuta bay. If the tide is in you will get wet feet for a few hundred meters. There are toilets and water at the bay.

Follow the walking track straight across the bay to the wooden bridge across the creek, and the track comes out on the road. Go down the road where the link track will start again on your left.

Following the track, you will see many good views of the sounds. Come out onto the road, and track continues directly across the road. Not far from here there is a sidetrack that is signposted that goes left to an old world war look-out point with concrete ruins and views right down the sounds.

Once back on the track run down the Shakespeare Bay, and then follow link trackback to Picton. 

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Park in Picton and depart Picton via Picton taxi to Torea Wharf

84 km

103 minutes





Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Available in some areas along the track

Relatively sheltered.

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