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Taylor Dam scenic reserve Marlborough outdoors attraction

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Marlborough, South Island

Discover a popular Blenheim recreational reserve and wildlife habitat. Taylor River Reserve is a flood protection zone and now a recreation reserve that runs from Taylor Dam to Riverside Park, part of Blenheim’s town precinct.

Taylor River Park in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
Taylor River Park in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Bikers can ride to the park from Blenheim centre, using the Taylor River Trail to the Taylor Dam Reserve. Enjoy a short ride along part of the trail or pack a picnic and do the return 5km ride.
  • The grade is low and there’s plenty of shady trees and lots of river spots to paddle in. There is a brilliant dog exercise area
  • Swimming is not encouraged due to the high levels of pond weed creating a swimming hazard
  • The dam’s artifical lake is now home to waterbirds, black swams, coots, mallard ducks, pukeko, shags and migratory birds. Eels have been released into the lake and invertebrates inhabit either the lake itself or surrounding vegetation including dragonflies, damselflies, and several butterfly species.
  • Taylor Dam is connected to Taylor River Reserve pathway which is part of the Riverside Park shared paths
  • Close proximity to Wither Hills Walkway and only 6kms from Blenheim

Where is Taylor Dam, Blenheim located

The Wither Hills park forms the southern boundary of the reserve.

Cycle track Taylors Dam Reserve loop

this 1.9-km loop trail near Blenheim, Marlborough. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 26 min to complete. This trail is great for walking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring.

Taylor Dam, Blenheim allows dogs on leash in designated signposted areas. There is a small dedicated dog park

Taylor Dam Blenheim has picnic tables, toilets and a small rudimentary playground with swing seats and two swings.

Taylor dam near Blenheim town in South Island, New Zealand
Taylor dam near Blenheim town in South Island, New Zealand

Camping is permitted at Taylor Dam. Blenheim Marlborough however the area is not safe in flood conditions or heavy rain. Camping is permitted with a fully self-contained vehicles only. There are vehicle spaces available: 12 and vehicles are only allowed to stay a maximum of two nights in the marked parks. No tents are allowed. The responsible camping area at the Taylor Dam Reserve is in the Upper Levels of the Reserve.


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