The Awatere Tussock Track is open from late November to late April and requires walkers to have a good level of fitness and agility.
Welcoming and clean accommodation at the cottage and a 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
280 NZD pp, discounted to 260 NZD for groups of six or more. Children half price.
PACK CARTAGE IS PROVIDED
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.