NELSON TRAILS

Grampians Walkway

Grampians

Grampians Walkway is the most popular track on Grampians. Beginning at the uphill end of Collingwood St on the edge of central Nelson, the walkway climbs the ridge to the TV repeater station at the summit (390 m). It is great as a return trip and it can also be combined with other Grampians tracks to create a longer circuit. The walkway involves a reasonable amount of climbing, though spectacular views of the central city and Tasman Bay are on offer.

Details
Length 4.8 km return to summit; 5.5 km return to summit via Kānuka Track on return leg
Time Required 1 hr – 1 hr 30 min
Trail Type Walking track
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking and trail running
Direction Either
Start Elevation 55 m
Finish Elevation 390 m
Dog Access Dogs are permitted but must be on leash

Connections

Tawa Track

Walking and trail running

Ronaki Track

Walking and trail running

Grampians Summit Road

Walking, trail running and MTB

Kānuka Track

Walking, trail running and MTB

Mahoe Track

Walking and trail running

Mamaku Track

Walking and trail running

Access

  5 min from anywhere in central Nelson

 

Grampians Walkway begins at the uphill end of Collingwood St, in central Nelson. The upper section of Collingwood St is steep and narrow, and parking is for residents only. The best places to park are on Collingwood St downhill of Brougham St, or on upper Trafalgar St.

Description

The first section of the walkway is best described as a ‘grunty zig-zag’, as it makes its way up the steep hill slope through well-spaced plantings of mature exotic trees, to the trig at the top of the ridge. After a short respite from the uphill, the walkway climbs again, straight up the ridge; here you will enjoy one of the best vantage points for viewing central Nelson. Ronaki Track connects on the right, and the walkway climbs again through a small area of pine plantation, before flattening out again on a wide grassy corridor and meeting Grampians Summit Road and Kānuka Track. Continue up the walkway to the lookout platform, which is a short deviation to the right, and then on up to the transmission tower at the summit.

 

There are multiple options for the return leg, depending on how far you want to go (see map for options).

Grampians Walkway
Grampians

Grampians Walkway is the most popular track on Grampians. Beginning at the uphill end of Collingwood St on the edge of central Nelson, the walkway climbs the ridge to the TV repeater station at the summit (390 m). It is great as a return trip and it can also be combined with other Grampians tracks to create a longer circuit. The walkway involves a reasonable amount of climbing, though spectacular views of the central city and Tasman Bay are on offer.

Details
Length 4.8 km return to summit; 5.5 km return to summit via Kānuka Track on return leg
Time Required 1 hr – 1 hr 30 min
Trail Type Walking track
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking and trail running
Direction Either
Start Elevation 55 m
Finish Elevation 390 m
Dog Access Dogs are permitted but must be on leash
Access

  5 min from anywhere in central Nelson

 

Grampians Walkway begins at the uphill end of Collingwood St, in central Nelson. The upper section of Collingwood St is steep and narrow, and parking is for residents only. The best places to park are on Collingwood St downhill of Brougham St, or on upper Trafalgar St.

Description

The first section of the walkway is best described as a ‘grunty zig-zag’, as it makes its way up the steep hill slope through well-spaced plantings of mature exotic trees, to the trig at the top of the ridge. After a short respite from the uphill, the walkway climbs again, straight up the ridge; here you will enjoy one of the best vantage points for viewing central Nelson. Ronaki Track connects on the right, and the walkway climbs again through a small area of pine plantation, before flattening out again on a wide grassy corridor and meeting Grampians Summit Road and Kānuka Track. Continue up the walkway to the lookout platform, which is a short deviation to the right, and then on up to the transmission tower at the summit.

 

There are multiple options for the return leg, depending on how far you want to go (see map for options).

Connections

Tawa Track

Walking and trail running

Ronaki Track

Walking and trail running

Grampians Summit Road

Walking, trail running and MTB

Kānuka Track

Walking, trail running and MTB

Mahoe Track

Walking and trail running

Mamaku Track

Walking and trail running

Updated 20 February 2019