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
Length 5.8 km complete loop to car park
Time Required 1 hr 15 min for walkers, 30 min for runners
Trail Type Sealed pathway
Physical Difficulty Easy   
Uses Walking and running
Direction Either


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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 completed 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 as it passes the southern end of the runway. Pay no attention to the ‘Stop’ signs alongside the road; these are aimed at vehicles rather than pedestrians. The road heads north past the sewage treatment plant, and runs parallel to the runway before turning towards the coast and changing to gravel soon after. Coastal erosion has been an issue over the last decade; consequently a new perimeter fence has been erected about a hundred metres inland from the coast. The walkway follows this fence, along which there are good views across Blind Channel and out to Tasman Bay.

 

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.

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
Length 5.8 km complete loop to car park
Time Required 1 hr 15 min for walkers, 30 min for runners
Trail Type Sealed pathway
Physical Difficulty Easy   
Uses Walking and running
Direction Either


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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 completed 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 as it passes the southern end of the runway. Pay no attention to the ‘Stop’ signs alongside the road; these are aimed at vehicles rather than pedestrians. The road heads north past the sewage treatment plant, and runs parallel to the runway before turning towards the coast and changing to gravel soon after. Coastal erosion has been an issue over the last decade; consequently a new perimeter fence has been erected about a hundred metres inland from the coast. The walkway follows this fence, along which there are good views across Blind Channel and out to Tasman Bay.

 

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