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Caped Campbell Crusade, Marlborough

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Caped Campbell CrusadeBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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There's two ways to get out near the historic Cape Campbell lighthouse. The GPX file takes you on the low tide route which sticks to the beach all the way out and back, and is best attempted at low tide. A more adventurous alternative to make this a nice loop is to take the marked trail over the coastal hills, which affords you some wonderful views of Cook Strait, Lake Grassmere, the North and South Islands and Mt Tapuae-o Uenuku in the Kaikoura inland mountains. This trail is well signposted and marked, initially up the 4WD farm track near the camp and then follows various ridgelines and fencelines out to near the lighthouse.

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Features of interest

Historic lighthouse, Lake Grassmere saltworks 

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 30%

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

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  • Access

    Start at the DoC campground at Marfell's Beach, 10km out to the coast from SH1 between Seddon and Ward

    Plenty of parking roadside at the campground

    20 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Please stick to the marked trail across the farm

    Very patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Fill up at the camp unless you like salt water

    Check for lambing season closures on DOC website

    Avoid the beach section at High Tide

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