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Climb to the top of Mount Royal (1366 m).

Track overview

9.5 km

Walking and tramping

8 hr return Expert: Route

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track


The route initially follows Quartz Creek and passes the Sutherland Mine battery site after 15 minutes. It then follows a 4WD track to the forest where it begins climbing, steeply in places, to the bushline just below Mt Royal summit (1366m) (4 hours from Quartz Creek Flat). There are no markers above the bushline.

From the bushline on the northern side another marked route descends to Devils Creek Hut in the Wakamarina valley.

Devils Creek Hut. Photo: Margot Ferrier.

Devils Creek Hut

Category: Standard
Facilities: 6 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Getting there

The northbank of Wairau River provides access to Mt Richmond Forest Park.

To get to this part of the forest park, turn off State Highway 6, just north of the Wairau River Bridge, 16 km from Blenheim.

There is no scheduled public transport available.

Know before you go

  • Snow, wind, and fog are hazards on the tops.
  • Be prepared with warm, waterproof clothing and extra food.
  • Only light fires in hut fireplaces.
  • Rivers can rise quickly; do not cross when they are swollen.
  • Boil, filter, or treat water for drinking.
  • Always use the intentions books.
  • The access road from the Northbank Road may be closed due to fire danger or forestry operations. Check if the access roads to Mt Richmond Forest Park are open.


Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
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