Marlborough alerts

For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. However you should contact the local DOC visitor centre for the latest updates.

 High wasp numbers in the whole Nelson Marlborough region

Be aware of the potential of wasp nests along the tracks and around amenity areas and campsites. Always carry antihistamine and especially an epipen if you are allergic to wasp stings. Carry a reliable means of communication such as a mobile or locator beacon in case you have a severe allergic reaction.

Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban in the Marlborough area. The ban will remain in place until such time as the elevated fire risk declines, either through persistent rainfall and/or falling temperatures. This includes all camp fires.

The high fire risk also means that access to some tracks, huts, campsites and picnic areas is limited or not possible due to forestry or other road closures. Check this website or your nearest visitor centre or i-SITE before making plans.

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We welcome any further reports of windfalls or track damage from visitors following the Easter 2014 storm.

Contact the Nelson Visitor Centre +64 3 546 9339 or the Waitohi/Picton Office +64 3 520 3002.

Marlborough Sounds

  • Nydia Track. Aerial pest control using 1080 pellets was carried out on 23 November 2014 in Tennyson Inlet Scenic Reserve including the Nydia Track between Duncan and Nydia Bays.. This is part of our Battle for our Birds programme. Get more information and a map. Dogs should not be taken into the area and we advise hunters not to take game from the area until warning signs have been removed (up to 8 months). For more information contact the Waitohi/Picton Office, phone +64 3 520 3002.
  • Windfalls are present on the track over the Nydia and Kaiuma Saddles. All are passable with care however visitors need to allow additional time to walk or cycle the track.
  • Pelorus Bridge 4 October 2014: Forest & Bird (Nelson/Tasman) have laid ‘Cholecalciferol’ and ‘Diphacinone’ cereal pellets in bait stations above the ground for the control of possums and rats to protect long tailed bats and other wildlife. All tracks remain open. Visitors are advised not to handle bait stations or baits and to follow instructions on signs placed at normal entry points. For further information contact the Waitohi/Picton office +64 3 520 3002.
  • Elvy Waterfalls and Trig K tracks, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Windfalls are present on the tracks, between the two waterfalls on the Elvy Waterfalls track and also on the Trig K track.

Queen Charlotte Track

  • Pest control operation: DOC has hand laid 1080 toxic baits on the Bottle Rock Peninsula between Ship Cove and Resolution Bay. Bait will not be applied within 5 m of the Queen Charlotte Track, which passes through the area, or within 20 m of the Schoolhouse Bay campsite.
    Warning signs are in place and dogs are to be kept out of the area until the warning signs are removed. The signs will be in place for at least 4 months and up to 8 months depending on monitoring results.
    This is part of a project to develop our ability to prevent rats and possums reinvading an area without the use of predator fences.

  • The track between Ship Cove and Kenepuru Saddle is closed to mountain bikes between 1 December and 28 February annually. The rest of the track between Kenepuru Saddle and Anakiwa is open to mountain biking year round.  

For more information contact the Picton i-SITE.

Mt Richmond Forest Park

  • Pine Valley Hut - destroyed by fire June 2014 (grid reference: Topo50 map sheet BQ27, E1642098, N5406503)
  • Boulder Stream Hut (grid reference : Topo 50 map sheet BR25, E1611206, N5386812), has been removed from its site at Manuka Island, Mt Richmond Forest Park.
  • Wakamarina Track: Check for access information to the Wakamarina Track.
  • Maungatapu Road is closed. For more information contact Nelson City Council, phone +64 3 546 0200.
  • Right Branch Wairoa Hut has been removed and the tramping track in that valley is no longer maintained.
  • Access to Saddle Hill, Zig Zag and Pukatea tracks in Mt Richmond Forest Park off Central Road in Hira Forest are closed due to forestry operations.
  • Park access roads - in Blenheim, this info is displayed on Northbank Road just off SH6. Check if the access roads to Mt Richmond Forest Park are open.
  • Dun Mountain Track, (access from Nelson City to Rocks Hut): Due to the construction of a predator proof fence for the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, the Dun Mountain Track between Four Corners and Third House will be closed weekdays 7am-5pm until early March. This means the Maitai Valley or Hacket tracks will be the only options for access from the Nelson area to Rocks Hut on weekdays. The Pelorus Track is not affected by the closure.

For more information contact the Wairau / Renwick Office.

Molesworth Station

  • Due to fire danger, the Acheron Rd through Molesworth Station will be closed from 7pm 4 February 2015, until further notice.

Wairau Hanmer Hydro Road (Rainbow Road) 

  • The gate on the Rainbow Road between Hanmer Springs and St Arnaud is open. The open season is from 26 December to Easter Monday.
  • Outside the open period contact the Rainbow Station Manager on +64 3 521 1838 after 6.30pm to arrange access through the station to 4WD, tramp, hunt, fish or mountain bike.
    Access forms and further information can be found on the Lone Star Farms website. Please note toll charges apply all year round.

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3. Be aware of the weather
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