Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Havelock, Marlborough

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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I've done it Done


Grunt Factor: 31 ?

Gnarl Factor: 89 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +18.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -18.7%


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This looks like a straight run on the map but it feels anything but straight. You are following the ubiquitous orange triangles and the next one is usually in sight. In the last 1.5km or so there are multiple options for getting up the hill, you choose the one to the next triangle. The trail is for the most part in the extremely technical category with tree roots, rocks and mud everywhere. Once you reach the top you can veer right for some good north facing pics or cross the fence by the big orange triangle and head over towards the transmitter hut which is where the trig is. Once you have taken all the pics, soaked up the beauty, you retrace your steps down the hill.

This trail includes the peak Mount Stokes.

Mount Stokes is the tallest mountain in the Marlborough Sounds, so when you get up top the views are amazing and cameras don't do them justice. Lots of birdlife including wood pigeons and weka.

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Parking beside the road, quite wide at that point so no problem. Room for several vehicles.

66 km

100 minutes




If you can't see the next triangle, take your time, move around so that any trees that may have blocked your view don't. Then if you are still not sure, follow the worn track if there is one. Finally if no triangles appear, head back to where you saw the last one and take more time to look around.


Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map

Take your own.

Could get very very tricky in the wet or in icy conditions, there are lots of rocks, tree roots and muddy patches and even in good conditions today there were a few slides coming down. To be fair, the view is what this climb is all about, so don't go up if the day is crap.

Tree roots, rocks, mud... EVERYWHERE!!! Very technical trail.

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Wow. What a place. Stoked to have finally made it here!

Tony Sharpe

January 1, 2020

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