Last Updated: 8th Apr 2024


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Wairau Lagoons Loop

Blenheim, Marlborough

Submitted by James Crockett

Last Updated: 8th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 9 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat


Open tussock/grasslands


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track


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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.

Plenty of interesting bird life to be seen on this route, also there is the wreck of an old trade ship (The Waverly)

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Parking available at the end of Hardings Road.

7 km

9 minutes




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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Trail Reviews

I enjoyed running this to stretch the legs after ferry crossing (spent all day travelling down from Tokoroa so cabin fever definitely set in!) Easy to find and nice area. Done in February so was dry for me

Sarah Manders

July 13, 2020

Enjoyed the wet, good challenge for the legs. Awesome wreck and cool birdlife. Cheers!

Tony Sharpe

October 2, 2019

Wet feet! If you do this trail in winter the best footwear would be gumboots.... quite a few areas where there was no avoiding getting wet. Having done the other trail in summer I know that it can be a lot better then.

Mike Tennent

July 6, 2018

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