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Grampians Grunt, Nelson

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Grampians GruntBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Michael Ryan

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Tasman and Nelson


Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:50 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



Check status of tracks on Nelson Council website.

A lot of the track is damaged - the first up hill and first downhill section are both closed. Some other parts are also closed.

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Through the gate at the start of the Grampians Walkway track, you'll follow the zig-zag path up the hill to a trig point. Catch a breath and admire the views over the city, the habour and beyond, and if a good day, the brilliant reflection of the sun on Te Tai o Aorere from this Puke Tirohia Mārama.

Carry on along the Grampians Walkway track until you meet the Grampians Summit Road (a gravel 4x4 road). Here, head down the Grampians Summit Road for approx. 1km until you meet the start of the Kānuka track on the right. Head up the Kānuka track and enjoy the fresh perspective, ignoring the track that appears to veer off to the right (north) approx. 600m from the start of the Kānuka track.

The main track will switch back northwards and you'll get to junction - take a turn right, and enjoy the kānuka and tall ferns along the undulating track until you cross back over the Grampian Summit Road, and continue left along the ridge up to the summit. For those keen enough, spot the hidden summit trig in the bush before running back down to the cattle grid and following the signs for the Kahikatea track/Market Rd entrance. This downhill section flows through the hidden jewel of the Grampians Reserve, lush regenerating native bush. Remember to pause and pay respects to the centuries old trees before exiting through a gate at the bottom and hanging a right up Mahoe track.

From here, grind up to another junction and take a left onto the Tawa track, on which you’ll remain, hugging the western flank of the reserve. Make sure not to take tracks that branch off, heading either back up to the ridge or down to the Tukaka St, Ronaki Tce or Van Diemen St entrances. The Tawa track is a fun rollercoaster ride, with a couple of very short steep descents and a final uphill grunt before joining back up with the Grampians Walkway at the Collingwood St exit point.

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Features of interest

Pockets of regenerating native forest, exotic trees, and great views out over Nelson.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 80%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 10%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Top of Collingwood Street, however this loop can be started from the several access points into the Grampians Reserve trail network.

    Collingwood St downhill of Brougham St.

    2 km

    5 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Check thoroughly prior to setting out a Council map of the Grampians tracks, especially the Tawa and Kānuka track sections as intersections along these stretches can get confusing.

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Carry your own supply

    Trails can get muddy/slippy after rain.

    Most of the Grampians tracks are shared with mountain bikers.
    Dogs permitted only on leash; there are sections of track with baited traps and others with stock animals.

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