Archer TrackBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
Easy to find and follow (no alternative or intersecting routes). DOC track - dogs prohibited. Some mountain bikers use the track so be aware, however it is generally a very quiet route with a few walkers and runners. The track is under native trees and pines, except the first (&last) 1.5kms so is pretty shaded but temperatures can soar in the summer - take plenty of water.
There is a section midway which is tidal (Deep Bay) and so you have a choice of wading through a creek or climbing around it if the tide is in. If it's out you will stay dry! Elaine Bay - Deep Bay is 4.5kms of easy single track, followed by 4.5km of moderate single track with lots of tree roots and small rocks through to Penzance Bay where there is a picnic area, jetty, beach and toilets. There are lots of gorgeous, elevated views of the Marlborough Sounds throughout the run. Then turn around and run back!
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Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 60%
Park in the Elaine Bay wharf car park (having driven through the main village).
Plenty of free, accessible parking. No public transport available
This is a well signposted trail
Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Water available at DOC toilets in Penzance Bay but needs to be treated/ filtered.
Very muddy after heavy rain.Take plenty of water. Tidal in one part.
Post run indulgence
Brick Oven, Rai Valley - coffee & breakfast. Not Licensed though so you may want to take a chilly bin with your own beer!
State Highway 6, Rai Valley, Marlborough
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