The Loop Track to Mount Vernon: The track is a 7.1 kilometre loop trail located near Blenheim, Marlborough that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate (G1 - G2 for our purposes). The trail is very good, easier than centre of NZ in gradient and
is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Estimated time to complete is 3 – 3.5 hours.
We gain 356 m of elevation which then affords great views from there to the northwest of the Richmond Ranges, Wairau Valley, the north,
and northwest over Blenheim and out to Cloudy Bay.
It may be a bit frosty to start but we will soon warm up;
What to take:
- Comfortable walking shoes/boots and
- Lunch, snacks and water
- Warm clothing, jacket, gloves, beanie, etc (the route is exposed)
Getting there: We will assemble at Founders for an 8 am departure
and to sort out carpooling. The track starts at the end of Redwood Road.
Have allowed 1.5 hours to Blenheim and as you come in to Blenheim (Springlands) turn right into Battys Road and then left into Alabama Road and then right i nto Redwood Road. (Am
sure the pastry cognoscente will be well aware of the Burleigh Pie shop on the return trip home!)