Last Updated: 12th Jan 2024


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Wairau Lagoons Loop v2

Blenheim, Marlborough

Submitted by Philip Taylor

Last Updated: 12th Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 4 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest





Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track


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If you want hills, forget about it. If you want flat and fast then ask yourself why the rush! Here's a beautiful run for the seasoned trail runner to remember why they got into trail running in the first place and for the complete novice to enjoy.

Start out at the car park for Kotuku Trail, take a look at the sign to give you a heads up and follow the blue and white arrow signs through trees, across farmland, along the river, past lagoons and enjoy the prolific birdlife. Navigation is simple and the terrain is non-technical. Pick a sunny blue skies day and enjoy yourself.

A bird watcher's paradise. Lots of wetland shore birds and a shipwreck

7 km

7 minutes




For the first 4.5km of this track you follow blue signs with white arrows. After this distance it converts to orange triangles. Marked and signposted all the way around.

Perfect throughout.

Windproof jacket, Cellphone

No water en-route. Will need to take what you need with you.

Very open and expansive and flat part of the country making it exposed for windy and sunny days.

The loop will be exposed to strong winds and strong sun so check the forecast in advance

Fantastic food. French Toast highly recommended.

BP Blenheim
Wild Bean cafe of course

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Claire Whittle

Claire Whittle

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Trail Reviews

This is my favourite of the two lagoon loops. I was impressed with the Council section - such a good idea.

Richele McKenzie

December 30, 2020

I did both the lagoon loops this week while in Blenheim and loved this version - bit more variety than v1, but both were great little runs. Pancake-flat and mainly a really good surface, with views of the hills in every direction. There was so much bird life it was hard to run at all! Bonus that they are dog friendly too.

Katie Smith

September 14, 2020

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