Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Archer Track

Havelock, Marlborough

Submitted by Kerensa Leadbetter

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 20 ?

Gnarl Factor: 35 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.9%


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Dogs allowed on lead and with Sounds Dog Permit

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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Plenty of free, accessible parking. No public transport available

69 km

78 minutes




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.

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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Trail Reviews

Easy run to get your legs turning over (if you want). Some nice views through the trees and a couple of swim spots for hot days. Definitely two distinctive halves - the second from Deep Bay to Penzance being through beech forest and more rooty underfoot.

Elly Arnst

January 14, 2021

Some lovely views balanced by a trail that becomes a bit same-ish. First half out is pretty average on what is basically a vehicle access tra k to the guy. Once past the hut (4.5km) however the trail is real trail to the end and much better to run. A nice day and run but nothing to rave about.

Mike Tennent

January 9, 2019

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