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
Length4.8 km return to summit; 5.5 km return to summit via Kānuka Track on return leg
Time Required1 hr – 1 hr 30 min
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyIntermediate   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation55 m
Max Elevation390 m
Dog AccessDogs are permitted but must be on leash


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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, taking sweeping zig-zags through a new section of track (Aug 2019); 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.

 

While Summit Road veers to the left, follow the walkway as it takes a direct route up the ridge to Grampians Saddle. From the saddle, the lookout platform is a short deviation to the right, and Mahoe and Mamaku tracks also connect. The walkway follows the sealed Summit Road for the final few hundred metres to the transmission tower at the summit (which was completed in 1970).

 

There are multiple options for the return leg depending on how far you want to go (see map for options). Grampians Walkway continues on the other side of the summit, descending down a grassy spur, then turning left and re-entering the bush to connect with Kānuka Track. You can follow the easy-going Kānuka Track left to connect back with Grampians Walkway at the summit ridge (described above), otherwise follow Kānuka Track to the right and connect with Kahikatea Track and Tawa Track.

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
Length4.8 km return to summit; 5.5 km return to summit via Kānuka Track on return leg
Time Required1 hr – 1 hr 30 min
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyIntermediate   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation55 m
Max Elevation390 m
Dog AccessDogs are permitted but must be on leash


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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, taking sweeping zig-zags through a new section of track (Aug 2019); 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.

 

While Summit Road veers to the left, follow the walkway as it takes a direct route up the ridge to Grampians Saddle. From the saddle, the lookout platform is a short deviation to the right, and Mahoe and Mamaku tracks also connect. The walkway follows the sealed Summit Road for the final few hundred metres to the transmission tower at the summit (which was completed in 1970).

 

There are multiple options for the return leg depending on how far you want to go (see map for options). Grampians Walkway continues on the other side of the summit, descending down a grassy spur, then turning left and re-entering the bush to connect with Kānuka Track. You can follow the easy-going Kānuka Track left to connect back with Grampians Walkway at the summit ridge (described above), otherwise follow Kānuka Track to the right and connect with Kahikatea Track and Tawa Track.




 

Updated 20 February 2019