Pepin Island is a 1280 acre (520 hectare) private island connected by a causeway to cable bay, a 20 min drive north east out of Nelson. Once a year they hold a large open day as a joint fundraiser for the local Hira Fire Brigade and Hira School.
This year they held the open day, I thought I would be brave and head out on my own with the kids for a walk, Not realizing how huge yet incredible the day would be!!!
Packing up the kids hydro packs with water, jackets and lots of food we headed off to check out this incredible island.
Along the climb the views were just stunning !!! We had the perfect weather, beautiful sunshine with just a slight wind to cool us down.
There were a few walk options and also a bike option as well, I decided to go the full walk with the kids as it might be last time we get the chance to do it, as the island is up for sale.
There were 100’s of people out also walking the island that day, thought in a few spots it did get a bit crowded, for the most part everyone was pretty spaced out and you did not feel like you were walking on top of people which was fantastic.
Half way around there was a pretty steep climb up to the next ridge, it was at this stage I thought the kid might want to give up. But they amazed me by wanting to make it to the top !! They loved all the cool Nikau Palm trees, it made for some great encouragement to race to the next tree along the way.
I made sure we took a lot of stops along the way, giving the kids plenty of breaks, this meant lots of stopping for photos lol I normally hate photos but I could not avoid them this day.
Next stop was Stuart Hill, the highest point on the island sitting at 401 meters, the second biggest climb the kids had done to date.
But by far definitely the steepest climb they had ever done. The views were BREATHTAKING !!!!! truly incredible I was so proud of both of the kids. If you get the chance to head to Pepin Island i recommend you go the extra mile and head up to the top of Stuart Hill its worth it.
After taking in the views and having a bite to eat at the top we headed back down the bottom, it was a pretty steep run down hill the kids definitely enjoyed heading down hill a lot more than the climb up lol, so did mum.
It was a truly incredible day, the views were amazing and we could not have picked a better day to head up there. I would highly recommend this walk, if they run this event again depending on the sale of the island I will most definitely be doing it again.
With a lot of stopping with the kids the whole walk took us around 2 1/2 – 3 hours. This was definitely taking our time but i don’t think you would want to rush it, take in all the views as you go
Pepin Island is a working farm but they do offer some walk and hut stay's, you can go and explore different parts of the island and stay over night at one of their three huts they have on offer.
This would make for an amazing wee mini get away for couples with time to relax and take in the breathtaking views around the island.
These hut are all set up as sustainable huts they run low impact to the environment, and are solar powered.
Each hut has is on its own wee private section of the farm giving you privacy to unwind and relax.
They are all fully set up for self catering, you can take along your own food or take the hassle out of it and utilize some of their food packages to be provided for you.
And just incase you forget to take some thing along with you, each hut is also equipped with a wee shop full of locally made artisan goods.
And if that was not enough they also offer Farm tours, you can experience a two hour private farm tour around the island, Including sheep sheering and experience the farm dogs at work.
So much to offer at such a beautiful location.
"It was such a big walk but I was so proud of my self for doing it" Meika O'Donnell aged 6
What to Bring
Good walking shoes, water and a wind breaker.
Time and Distance
2.5-3hrs for the full island walk, 7kms all up with an elevation of 401 meters
Big hike for little kids, make sure your child is a good walker and can manage large steep hill climbs.
$20 per adult and $10 per child on the fundraiser day we attended, other prices are on their website.
- No Toilets (porter loos available on the day of the fundraiser)
- Huts available to book and stay in (toilets at these)