Grampians Walkway is the most popular track on the Grampians. Beginning at the end of Collingwood St on the edge of central Nelson, the walkway follows the ridge directly to the TV repeater station at the summit. It is great as a return trip and it can also be combined with one or more other tracks to create a longer loop. The walkway involves a reasonable amount of climbing, though spectacular views of the central city and Tasman Bay are on offer.
Grampians Walkway begins at the uphill end of Collingwood Street, in central Nelson (see Access tab above). Upper Collingwood Street is steep and narrow, meaning parking is for residents only. The best places to park are on Collingwood Street downhill of Brougham St, or on upper Trafalgar Street.
The first section of the walkway above Collingwood St is best described as a ‘grunty zig-zag’, that makes its way up the steep hill slope. The walkway climbs through well-spaced plantings of mature exotic trees for 600 m (whilst climbing 105 m in elevation) and reaches the trig at the ridge. A little further up the ridge which you will reach one of the best vantage points for viewing central Nelson.
Ronaki Track connects on the right, and the walkway climbs through a small area of pine plantation, before flattening out again on a wide grassy corridor and meeting Grampians Summit Road and Kanuka Track. You can continue up the walkway to the lookout platform and then the summit. There are multiple options for the return leg, depending on how far you want to go (see map for options).