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18 Picton / Marlborough Sounds
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It’s easy to spend too long at the tip of the peninsula with it’s sunny outlook free from the forest. It’s a sublime view looking over the bay and sound.
From Linkwater follow Keneperu Road 19 km to where Mistletoe Bay is signposted on the right. Descend the unsealed access road 1 km to campground. The start of the track is signposted at the western side of the of the campground on the waterfront.
Although named the Peninsula Walk, it is signposted Loop Track throughout. It shortly branches. Head left which leads through regenerating vegetation and pines above the emerald waters of Mistletoe Bay. After 20 minutes there’s a short detour to a viewpoint, right on the tip of the peninsula. The track then climbs gradually to another junction. Left takes you to the Queen Charlotte Track, right back to the campground.
Mistletoe Bay is named after the native mistletoe which one flourished around the bay. They are a semi-parasitic plant which photosynthesise themselves but rely on a host plant for water and nutrients. The two main species are Ileostylus micranthus and Tupeia antarctica, which display crimson flowers. Honeyeaters love their nectar.
Since the introduction of possums, mistletoe has declined dramatically. The possums gorge on the tender green leaves and one species Trilepidea adamsii is extinct. Survey work and recovery programmes by DoC are aimed at re-establishing plants in the light and airy forest margins they prefer. One day the hope is mistletoe can be re-introduced to its namesake bay.
South Island ▷ Marlborough ▷ Picton / Marlborough Sounds
Nice track, good with children. Great to have a swim directly afterwards in the Sound.
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Rebecca & Hugh Small
Great views from the top as the name suggests. The Marlborough Sounds are gorgeous.
Well signed, short tracks for short time.
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍