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Archer Track, Marlborough

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Archer TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kerensa Leadbetter

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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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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Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 60%

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  • Access

    Park in the Elaine Bay wharf car park (having driven through the main village).

    Plenty of free, accessible parking. No public transport available

    69 km

    78 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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