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Pelorus to Rocks return, Marlborough

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Pelorus to Rocks returnIntermediate

Submitted by Dave Hall

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Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush


9.00 (Slow)
7.30 (Moderate)
5.00 (Fast)



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From the road end follow the Pelorus Track (part of the Te Araroa Trail) past Captain Creek Hut to Middy Creek Hut. Cross the river on the bridge and start the long grunt uphill through bush to Rocks Hut. Stop at Rocks Hut for a well earned break & then retrace your steps back to the car.

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Features of interest

The Pelorus river is beautiful with some of the clearest water in the World. I believe some of the Lord of the Rings scenes were shot in this valley.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 40%

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  • Access

    From Pelorus bridge head up the Pelorus Valley to the road end.

    There is parking at the road end for multiple cars

    23 km

    35 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    You follow the Pelorus River for the majority of the run, so water is ample. After leaving Middy Hut going to Rocks Hut there is no water, so ensure you fill up at the bottom of the long grunt up hill.

    The track is pretty good year round. There are lots of roots & the odd rock to climb over so can get a little slippery

    There are a lot of wasps in this area over summer.

  • Post run indulgence

    Pelorus Bridge Cafe
    Good pies & cold drinks after a long run

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