Last Updated: 26th Sep 2023

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Tirohanga Seat

Picton, Marlborough

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 26th Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 8

Gnarl Factor: 32








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.0%


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The trail head is clearly marked at Newgate Street. The track heads straight into the bush and shoots up a series of zigzags and moderate climbs, before a sidling last ascent towards the lookout and the seat that this trail is named after. You will want to linger here and watch the hustle and bustle of Picton at your feet. Imagine for a moment what Picton could be as a standalone tourist destination if the ferries ever moved, as has occasionally been mooted.

From the lookout carry on south on the downward leg, if it's wet the clay trail can get a bit slippery so definitely consider your footwear in regard to conditions. Return to the start around Garden Terrace and Devon Street, picking up the creekside trail that cuts through to Picton township. Keep skirting the foot of the hills back to Newgate St via Broadway (past the cop shop) and Taranaki St/ Waikawa Road. Only a short bit of tarmac on the last km.

Stunning views of Picton and the Sounds for only a small effort

On street parking available. Or start & finish in Picton township just down the road.

1 km

3 minutes




Pretty hard to go wrong.

Perfect throughout.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

BYO water

Clay track base can be slippery when wet. Shoe up accordingly

Just the slippery when wet disclaimer

Lots of options in Picton township

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Tony Sharpe

Tony Sharpe

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Trail Reviews

Lovely little loop! Great views at the top, nice single track running and some pretty river crossings too.

Stefanie Parks

January 26, 2023

Nice short run and view even though a wet day. As with earlier comment is slippery on downhill so care needed. Couldn’t run the river trail as closed for bridge painting so bit more tarmac to finish then would have liked!

Raewyn Peters

April 10, 2021

Perfect pre ferry run. Short and sharp!

Arjan Hulsman

February 15, 2021

Nice workout to the top with some lovely views as just reward. Thanks for sharing Tony.

Anthony Sowerby

January 1, 2021

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