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Wairau Lagoons Loop, Marlborough

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Wairau Lagoons LoopBeginner

Submitted by James Crockett

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Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Open tussock/grasslands


1:30 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)

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Heading east along the gravel path for about 300m, hold your breath in a north west wind (as there is a sewerage treatment facility nearby).
There is a small (tiny) hill - actually its a bank, over to the start of the track (info on the lagoons can be found here).
Follow this trail for another 300m, then the track goes straight or to the right, take the right side trail for this run and follow along the coast for about 4km over bridges and through the tussocks where you get to the Waverly wreck.
From here the trail loops to the left and back to the start, but for the 10k loop, keep running along the coast straight ahead for another 1km and turn around where you reach a fence with a gate.
When you get back to the shipwreck, follow the trail to the right and it takes you back to the starting point.

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Features of interest

Plenty of interesting bird life to be seen on this route, also there is the wreck of an old trade ship (The Waverly) http://www.nzmaritime.co.nz/waverly.htm

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 95%

Gravel Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Drive to the end of Hardings Road, just off State Highway 1 past the Riverlands Industrial Estate heading south from Blenheim.

    Parking available at the end of Hardings Road.

    7 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Windproof jacket, Cellphone.

    Take your own water with you, there are no taps or fountains on this course.

    Very boggy at most times, especially bad after rain.
    Also very exposed during high winds.

    Poo ponds near by, smells a bit and need to keep clear.
    Slippery track at times,

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