NELSON TRAILS

Nelson Airport Perimeter Walkway

Nelson Airport Perimeter Walkway is a loop trail around the outside of Nelson Airport. It is an enjoyable route as it is almost completely off-road (the only traffic being the planes overhead) and the activity at the airport provides an interesting backdrop. Nelson Airport is also the starting point for Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.

Details
Length5.8 km complete loop to car park
Time Required1 hr 15 min for walkers, 30 min for runners
Trail TypeSealed pathway/Walking track
Physical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking and running
DirectionEither


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Access

  15 min from central Nelson

 

The walkway is located at Nelson Airport. There is a car park on the left side of Trent Drive, just before the entry gates. This is also a starting point of the Great Taste Trail, which crosses Jenkins Creek and heads south to connect with Whakatu Coastal Pathway.

Description

From the car park, follow the perimeter road south along Jenkins Creek tidal channel. Go through the southern access gate and follow the road around the southern end of the runway. The road heads north past the sewage treatment plant and runs parallel to the runway, where you’ll have a good view of the terminal. At the coast the walkway follows a perimeter fence that has been built 50 m back from the fast-eroding coast. Along here there are good views across Blind Channel and out to Tasman Bay. For an extended walk you can continue south along the Airport Peninsula, which loops back round to the main perimeter walk (adding about 30 min).

 

The walkway follows the edge of Nelson Golf Course and reaches the northern access gate. Head north for a short distance to the golf course car park, before cutting through to Bolt road. Turn right at Bolt Rd and head along to the shared pathway at the airport roundabout, which will take you along Trent Drive back to the car park.

 

The walkway can be done in either direction.

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Nelson Airport Perimeter Walkway

Nelson Airport Perimeter Walkway is a loop trail around the outside of Nelson Airport. It is an enjoyable route as it is almost completely off-road (the only traffic being the planes overhead) and the activity at the airport provides an interesting backdrop. Nelson Airport is also the starting point for Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.

Details
Length5.8 km complete loop to car park
Time Required1 hr 15 min for walkers, 30 min for runners
Trail TypeSealed pathway/Walking track
Physical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking and running
DirectionEither


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Access

  15 min from central Nelson

 

The walkway is located at Nelson Airport. There is a car park on the left side of Trent Drive, just before the entry gates. This is the starting point of the Great Taste Trail, which crosses Jenkins Creek and heads south to connect with Whakatu Coastal Pathway.

Description

The walkway can be done in either direction.

 

From the car park, follow the perimeter road south along Jenkins Creek tidal channel. Go through the southern access gate and follow the road around the southern end of the runway. The road heads north past the sewage treatment plant and runs parallel to the runway, where you’ll have a good view of the terminal. At the coast the walkway follows a perimeter fence that has been built 50 m back from the fast-eroding coast. Along here there are good views across Blind Channel and out to Tasman Bay. For an extended walk you can continue south along the Airport Peninsula, which loops back round to the main perimeter walk (adding about 30 min).

 

The walkway follows the edge of Nelson Golf Course and reaches the northern access gate. Head north for a short distance to the golf course car park, before cutting through to Bolt road. Turn right at Bolt Rd and head along to the shared pathway at the airport roundabout, which will take you along Trent Drive back to the car park.

Updated 27 March 2019