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Resurgence Bound , Tasman

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Resurgence Bound Intermediate

Submitted by Steve Beatson

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Not Suitable (Slow)
3:45 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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Track easy to follow with markers, but is technical in places and has 11 river crossings so care is required.

Cross the ford 20m after the start of the track (no dry feet on this run) and follow a well formed track for approx. 2.8km where you cross back onto the true left of the river. After approx. 1km the first of 9 more river crossings is reached. After 2km more you will reach a small grassy clearing. Resurgence is 20m further up. Track is well marked, but gets progressively more technical as you head further up the valley. River crossings are not too tricky, but care and experience at rivers crossings is required if doing solo.

Not to be attempted during or after heavy rain. Keep your eyes peeled for whio and in summer take a dip in one of the many beautiful swimming holes.

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Features of interest

Pearse Resurgence - Part of the Nettlebed cave system. Has been dived to a depth of 194 m. Link to a previous dive attempt.

Home to several pairs of beautiful whio.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 40%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    From Motueka, travel up Motueka Valley Highway to Ngatimoti (approx. 20km), crossing at the Peninsula Bridge and travelling for approx. 12km to Pearse Valley Road. Follow this for approx 3km to carpark. Don't take first left onto Pearse Valley South Branch Road.

    Parking for several cars by the DoC sign at start of track and a couple extra back 50m. Please park clear of ford as this provides access to houses.

    30 km

    33 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    No navigation issues


    Long-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.

    Beautiful clear water to drink all the way.


    Water cold year round. Not to be attempted during rain or after heavy rain as river crossings will potentially be dangerous. Some experience at river crossings advised and required if doing solo.

  • Post run indulgence

    Toad Hall
    502 High St Motueka - Main roundabout into Motueka from south.
    Onsite brewery and great food.

    The Moutere Inn
    1406 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere - Inland road between Motueka and Nelson
    New Zealand's Oldest pub in it's original building (opened in 1850). Nice selection of craft beers.

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