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Sawcut Gorge


SpotX walking (13.1)
Access:Car.
WalkType:Forest.
Length:8.5km
Time:3-4hrs
Difficulty:Moderate
Type:Return
Directions:Ure Valley, off SH1, 55km south of Blenheim.
Features:From the riverbed, follow the orange markers. There are several river crossings. The Sawcut Gorge is spectacular with a stream flowing through the 150m-deep chasm. Plants vary from beech forest to tussock grassland. The rocks are mainly limestone with grey wedges of argillite, sandstone and mudstone. Several pools by the creek smell of sulphur. Look for the Marlborough rock daisy that clings to the bluff outcrops.
Contacts:Kaikoura Visitor Centre, ph (03) 319 5641.