The Awatere Tussock Track is open from mid November to end of April and requires walkers to have a good level of fitness and agility.
Welcoming and clean accommodation at the cottage and purpose built back country hut provides walkers with tramping luxuries such as comfortable beds, hot shower, flush toilet, BBQ and fridge.
(4-5 hrs, ~9km) After the first nights stay in the farm cottage the walk climbs steadily through rolling tussock country with grazing stock and pockets of protected native plants to a well equipped comfortable hut.
(4-6 hrs, ~7km) The second day takes walkers on a loop track over high ridges and saddles from where spectacular views of the eastern Marlborough high country unfold. Bring your camera as on a good day the panorama includes the east coast, Ure and Clarence Valleys and Mt Tapuaenuku (2887m).
(4-5 hrs, ~10km) A return walk through the interior of the property passes an old musterers hut and leads up a rugged bushy creek through a native reserve before following an easy track back to the cottage.
What To Bring:
• Tramping boots (essential)
• Sleeping bag
• Warm clothes incl. hat & wet weather gear
• Sun hat & sunscreen
• Puttees (sock protectors)
• Food (a limited selection of dry & tinned food and drinks is available for purchase)
• Towel & toiletries
• First Aid kit
• Day pack and water bottle
Summer weather (December – February) can be hot and dry with temperatures sometimes reaching 30°C+. Autumn temperatures are more comfortable. It is important to come prepared with clothes appropriate for the time of year. A two-way radio will be provided.
The Awatere Tussock Track is a no smoking track.