Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Resurgence Bound

Motueka, Tasman

Submitted by Steve Beatson

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 21

Gnarl Factor: 48







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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.8%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






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.

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.

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




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.

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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Trail Reviews

I parked at the spot where there's signage saying the council doesn't maintain the rest of the road. Current condition would of been easily traveled with a 2wd, it was similar to the earlier gravel road.
A real adventure track. Short sections of single track to run, and many river crossings!
1 x Ongaonga sting.

Emma Dryland

January 15, 2023

I’m really glad I read the previous review and wore calf sleeves as a layer of protection, they were a big help but next time I’d go for full gaiters.
It’s hard to stick to the track as it’s overgrown and the markers aren’t clear but as it follows a river you’d be hard pressed to get lost.
I’d stick to summer month if eyeing up this run as you spend a lot of time in the river, great when it’s hot though.

Garry Walker

January 9, 2023

Lovely adventure trail but omg! please watch out for the Ongaonga- eg wear long trousers, long sleeves and even gloves. The river crossings are fun. For the adventurous and well prepared half an hour further up the left hand branch (right hand branch is the resurgence) is the dry entrance to Nettlebed cave -one of NZ's deepest and longest.

Mike McManaway

November 24, 2021

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