Whites Bay tracks

Whites Bay tracks

Eastern Marlborough


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11 Blenheim

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Whites bay


Time: 10 min to 8-9 hr return depending which track taken

Pukatea Walk - Time: 10 min
From the uppermost camping area, the Pukatea Walk meanders down to the cable station alongside Pukatea Stream passing through regenerating forest.

Black Jack Track - Time: 1 hr return or 1 hr 30 min to complete the loop
From Whites Bay the track climbs to a superb viewpoint on the edge of a bluff where Port Underwood, Cook Strait and Cape Campbell can be seen. Children need to be closely supervised here. Return the same way or complete a longer, loop option by winding slowly down through regenerating forest.

Rarangi Bay–Whites Bay Track - Time: 1 hr one way

The Rarangi-Whites Bay Track is a tramping track which must be walked both ways unless transport is arranged. It zig-zags up from Whites Bay to the Port Underwood Road through a pine plantation, then follows the road for about 500m before descending to Rarangi, near the Monkey Bay track.

Monkey Bay Walk-Time: 20 min return
This short walk leads from the northern end of Rarangi Beach around a rocky point and into Monkey Bay, with its small beach. A lookout point near the beginning of the track offers good views and has signs explaining the way that sea currents have formed Rarangi Beach over thousands of years.

Longer, more strenuous walks
Mount Robertson Track-Time: 8-9 hr return
Access onto the Mt Robertson track is from the Loop Track (tramping track standard) and is well sign posted from two access points on the Port Underwood Road. The Loop Track climbs through regenerating and mature forest to a junction at about 700 metres altitude where the Mt Robertson Track begins. From here the track follows an obvious ridge to the summit through beech forest. This last section of the track takes about two hours. There is no water supply on the track so make sure you take water with you.

At 1036 metres above sea level, Mt Robertson (Toko Maru) dominates the Scenic Reserve to which it gives its name.

For a longer trip, with the added reward of starting from sea level, begin your ascent from either Whites Bay or Rarangi using the tracks described above to get to the loop track starting points.

Pukaka Valley-Access is via the unsealed Pukaka Road that leaves Pembers Road about halfway between Tuamarina and Rarangi. The carpark is 17km from Blenheim.

This forested valley is part of Mt Robertson Scenic Reserve and provides good tramping and hunting opportunities and gives an alternative access to the Loop and Mt Robertson Tracks.

To the Loop and Mt Robertson Tracks - from the carpark follow the track up Pukaka Stream, crossing it in several places. Eventually the track leaves the stream and climbs up to the Loop Track.

From the carpark allow three hours to Whites Bay and five hours to Mt Robertson summit.


Feature Value Info


DOC Marlborough

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughBlenheim


  • Walking
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Sarah's avatar


United States

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent views of the ocean and mountains. Worth it!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Emilie Bavard


Ranking: 10/10

It is a beautiful area. Not too many people even with great weather and a magnificent view.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Tom Theuer


Ranking: 10/10

Mt Robertson Walk. Spectacular view over Blenheim region, vineyards, the sea and awesome bays. Just the drive there is worth it!!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ranking: 7/10

Very nice location, the road is a little bit difficult. Direct access to the beach, little bit crowded during the Christmas holiday. The cold shower is very, very cold but there are some good walks.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lea Kisbye


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice nature and swimming opportunity. Whites Bay has cliffs from which you can jump. Beautiful cave also.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nico Wedel


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful beach: awesome cave with a beautiful mountain upon it - with nice views. The drive to get there is also very nice.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Adam Stevens


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing secluded beach, very windy.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful atmosphere by night. Just a 15 minute walk (signposted) to a river. Stonewall full of glowworms. Very nice ranger!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Charlie Noon


Ranking: 10/10

Nice short walk which opens in to the beautiful White Bay. Definitely spend the day here.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Henry Thiel


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely walking track with some stunning sea views, well maintained.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Gordon and Jenny Subritzky

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Very good tracks - great location and beside a great DOC camp.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Cymen Crick