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Piwakawaka Beach, Marlborough

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Piwakawaka BeachBeginner

Submitted by Eleanor Arnst

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Rai Valley

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


0:50 (Slow)
0:35 (Moderate)
0:25 (Fast)



Dogs permitted on lead and with Marlborough Sound permit (obtained from Picton DoC office)

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Dogs permitted on lead and with Marlborough Sound permit (obtained from Picton DoC office)

Easy out and back run starting from the Boat Ramp in Elaine Bay and heading back up the road for 400m, before meeting the Piwakawaka Beach walk on the right (signposted).

Starts off on a gravel track, which becomes easy single track winding through the bush to the beach. Great place for a swim before heading back the same way.

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Features of interest

Views of the Kenepuru Sound and beaches to swim at.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 60%

Gravel Road: 20%

Sealed Road: 20%

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  • Access

    Start at the boat ramp area, about 50m east of the DoC Campground in Elaine Bay

    Parking available at the start in either the DoC campground or boat launch area. No public transport available to the start of the run. Toilets available in the campground.

    41 km

    59 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Very patchy.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water is available at the start/finish (recommended to treat)

    Wasps in late summer

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