Best running trails in Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular running trails in Nelson-Tasman with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of running trails in Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
Top trails (16)
#1 - Abel Tasman Great Walk: Takapou to Marahau
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 33.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
The easiest and most popular of the Great Walks, this hike still provides a challenge that is well worth it. There are no peaks on this hike but there is still a lot of elevation gain, and with a pack, this hike will still be challenging. The months of February and April are slightly quieter than the busiest periods, yet still offer an ideal temperature to be on the coast. The hike is well travelled and has signage but can be muddy at times. You will need to consult a tide chart as Onetahuti beach and Awaroa estuary are only passable at low tide. Allow 5 days to hike this trail. This trail can be traversed in either direction. Great Walks huts have bunk beds (being a sleeping bag), heaters, and bathroom facilities (no hot water). You will need to provide your own bedding, and all cooking supplies and stoves. You should also bring a headland to be safe. There are no showers. New Zealand rate ƒ$38 (1 October – 30 April) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required).ƒ $32 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate ƒ $75 (1 October – 30 April) per person per night for all ages (booking required). ƒ $32 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). Great Walks campsites have toilets, water, and picnic areas. New Zealand rate $15 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate ƒ$30 (1 October – 30 April) per person per night for all ages (booking required). ƒ $15 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night, 17 years and under free (booking required).Show more
#2 - Heaphy Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 44.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Heaphy Track is a remote hike in the north-west of South Island. It is the longest Great Walk and most diverse. What makes it so interesting is the variety of scenery: bush, mountains, streams and waterfalls, caves, tussock plains, ocean and beaches with palm trees and wonderfully blue water. The four to five day trail follows a historic, scenic highway from the inland forests across a high rolling plateau. Best time is mid-February through March.Show more
#3 - Yellow Point via Abel Tasman Coastal Track
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
Great trail. Amazing when its lightly raining. Running or hiking is great. Visit the little coves along the way for some spectacular beaches.Show more
#4 - Mount Arthur
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 20 m
Keep an eye out on weather before heading to the summit Mount Arthur. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/kahurangi-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/mount-arthur-summit/Show more
#5 - Robert Ridge Trail to Speargrass Trail Loop
Nelson Lakes National Park
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Length: 18.8 mi • Est. 11 h
This loop climbs Roberts Ridge out to Lake Angelus and returns via Speargrass Track. On the first section along Roberts Ridge, the trail is mostly flat along alpine meadow with occasional scrambles over boulders, be sure to carry enough water for the day as there is no where to refill until you reach camp at Lake Angelus. Returning via Speargrass Track is through dense forest terrain which might have some overgrown sections and can be very muddy, especially near river crossings. Show more
#6 - Abel Tasman Coast Track
Motueka, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 26.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Chromite Mine Track via Hackett Track
Richmond, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
#8 - Maitai River Walk
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
The walkway can be accessed at numerous points throughout Nelson. Millers Acre and Riverside Pool are good starting points. The track passes through urban and natural settings and has many swimming holes and picnic spots along the path. Show more
#9 - Farwell Spit Walk
Collingwood, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
#10 - Lodestone Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
Enjoy views of the Tasman Bay and the Arthur Range from the top of Lodestone. A 4WD vehicle is necessary in the winter to access to the trailhead.Show more
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