Heather Roy

15 January 2018

Link Pathway, Marlborough Sounds

Before the summer break becomes little more than a distant memory it’s worth taking time to think about how our outdoor activities are possible. We are lucky in NZ to have easy access to the great outdoors. Our waterways are never far away and we are blessed with many tracks, walkways and cycleways that are available to those who wish to use them,. Many are the result of the inspiration and hard work of volunteers who collaborate with DOC and local government.

My family spent time in the Marlborough Sounds over Christmas and New Year, including walking sections of the Link Pathway. When complete the pathway will extend from Picton to Havelock (not Havelock North!) – 42 km of walking/cycling track through native bush and some of the DOC estate.

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The Link Pathway project began in 2005 with local artist Rick Edmonds rallying a group of volunteers to establish pathways between local communities. The vision grew to a high-standard pathway on public land between Havelock and Picton, including a link to Anikiwa and the Queen Charlotte track.

There is historical significance to parts of the track:

 “As survey work gathered momentum, four sections of abandoned historic bridle path were re-discovered that had been constructed over 150 years ago, and lain forgotten for 100 years. Comprising 20% of the total Link Pathway, these add a significant heritage status to the project”

36 km of the Link Pathway is now constructed. Completion date – 15 January 2020 – is due to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook arriving in the Marlborough Sounds.

My summer shout out (which I shared on the Radio NZ panel yesterday) is to the groups of volunteers around the country who make projects like the Link Pathway happen. We often take these attractions for granted, but our access to them is only possible because of the efforts of these dedicated people. Thank you.

Sponsors: The Link Pathway Trust is grateful to Marlborough District Council, Department of Conservation, Port Marlborough NZ, Rata Foundation, NZ King Salmon, Kathmandu, Outward Bound, and Te Araroa for their support.