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Pelorus Bridge Walk

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Enjoy a short walk from the top of the Pelorus Bridge down to the crystal clear river below.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Northern end of the South Island
        • Distance: 0.50 kms
        • Time needed: 5 minutes
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 40m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Take a dip in the beautiful clear water – if you dare! It’s a bit cold but stunning.

  • Track Quality

    The 3 minute track to the river is a little rough.

  • Hazards

    The rocks can be very slippery down by the river.

  • Transport

    Daily buses from Picton to Nelson

  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Pelorus Bridge is on the main road to Nelson from Blenheim or the other way around, Pelorus is 55k north of Nelson and 51k south of Blenheim. Whichever way you drive, you will not miss the place. First there is a one way bridge, you will have to stop, plus there will be cars and people all over the place, especially in the summer months and on the weekends.

  • Area & Track History


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  • Map location of Pelorus Bridge Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Pelorus Bridge Walk

The track to the river is on the down river side of the road. Right hand side of the road if you are driving to Nelson. At the very end of the bridge’s safety rail. You can park on both sides of the road. The best parking is in the main car park on the left if you are driving to Nelson. The toilets and cafe are in the main car park. There are two camping areas at Pelorus Bridge and plenty of walks to suit all fitness levels. It is only a 5 minute walk down to the gorge as you can see it is a very popular swimming hole.

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Pelorus Bridge 7192, New Zealand

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