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Activities
  • self-guided walking
Accommodation
  • 1 night motel, 2 nights private lodge
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Breakfasts

4 Days$USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: GNT

Trip highlights


  • Visit Havelock, the green-lipped mussel capital of New Zealand
  • Walk the Nydia Track from Kaiuma Bay to Duncan Bay
  • Enjoy the home comforts of remote On The Track Lodge overnight
  • Relax for a day at peaceful Nydia Bay

Located in Pelorus Sound, one of the many passages in the web of waterways that make up Marlborough Sounds, the Nydia Track is more remote and less-visited than other destinations in the region. Traverse two high points and follow the shoreline of Nydia Bay, significant historically for the logging operations based there from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Beautiful native forest of podocarps and beech trees can be seen on some sections of the trail, providing a glimpse of how the entire Sounds looked before such activities took place. Carry only minimal gear and stay at a lovely private lodge in a peaceful setting near the water that can only be accessed by foot or by boat. The tranquility of this place will have you not wanting to leave.


Make your own way to Havelock, the mussel capital of Marlborough Sounds located roughly halfway between Nelson and Picton. Check-in to your accommodation any time after 2:00pm. Take some time to explore this quiet little village at the head of Pelorus Sound. Visit the local museum, wander along the marina with its flotilla of boats or sample some local produce. Freshly prepared green-lipped mussels are the signature dish and are not to be missed!

Meals:  Nil

Meet this morning at the Mail Boat shed at the Havelock Marina (an easily identified central location) for a 9:30am road transfer to Kaiuma Bay, the southern trailhead for the Nydia Track. The journey is approximately 45 mins and is mostly on a narrow, winding unsealed road. The Nydia Track is a series of old bridle paths linked together, passing through farmland, a variety of native and regenerating forests and tracing the shoreline of Nydia Bay where logging activities occurred from 1876 until 1919. There is little evidence of this in present times. Walk the first part of the track today, through regenerating and beech forest, gradually ascending until Kaiuma Saddle (387m), which is about halfway for today and the highest point on the trail. The view is far-reaching and on a clear day it is possible to see the Marlborough region's highest peak, Tapuae-o-Uenuku (2885m) in the Kaikoura Ranges. From here the track is all downhill, crossing a stream and farmland before reaching the shore of Nydia Bay. The lovely On The Track Lodge in its peaceful surrounds is your base for the next two nights. NOTE: You will need to bring your own packed lunch today.

Meals:  D

Today is completely at your leisure, depending on how much or little you feel like doing. Explore some local trails, meander around Nydia Bay or perhaps take a kayak from the lodge and enjoy some casual water activities. Alternatively, relax in the hot tub, read a book or just absorb the peace and tranquility of this beautifully remote location. All meals today are provided by the lodge, including a picnic lunch.

Meals:  B,L,D

Collect your packed lunch from the lodge after breakfast this morning and continue walking the Nydia Track, following the shoreline along the edge of the bay where saw milling activities once occurred. Turning inland the track then climbs to Nydia Saddle (347m) from where there are lovely views of Tennyson Inlet, your destination today. Cross the saddle and descend to sea level once again, passing through some of the most beautiful native forest on the track including giant rimu, nikau, beech and tree ferns. Your driver will be waiting at Duncan Bay, the northern trailhead, to collect you. Transfer back to Havelock (a journey of about 1.5 hrs) where trip arrangements end on arrival at approximately 5:00pm.

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 1 night motel in Havelock (twinshare) with private bathroom
  • 2 nights private lodge (twinshare) with shared bathroom
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Complimentary coffee and cake on arrival at private lodge
  • Road transfers from Havelock to/from trailheads
  • Map and route notes

  • Travel to Havelock on Day 1 and onwards from Havelock on Day 4
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks - limited selection available for purchase at the lodge
  • Optional activities, extras, upgrades
  • Items of a personal nature (eg. laundry, shopping, internet)
  • Daypack and water bottle
  • Car parking in Havelock (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

Accommodation


Trail Surface


Departure dates

Daily from mid-October to April

Notes

1
An upgrade to sleep in a 1930's restored train carriage with ensuite bathroom at the lodge is possible, subject to availability. A modest additional cost applies.
2
It is possible to travel to and from On The Track Lodge on the Pelorus Mail Boat or by water taxi, subject to schedules and availability. Additional cost applies. This option does not allow the full Nydia Track to be walked but there is time to explore sections of the track based from the lodge.

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Total Priceper person from

$USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Upgrade to seaside cabin with shared bathroom (double only)USD$17
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) hire - per partyUSD$28
  • Upgrade to train carriage with ensuite (double only)USD$42
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Nydia Track Self-Guided Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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