Hike the St Arnaud Track in Nelson Lakes NP

Rate this Adventure New Zealand Kerr Bay Car Park, Nelson Lakes NP

Added by Tobin Akehurst

This uncrowded hiking track ascends the St Arnaud Range high above Lake Rotoiti and affords spectacular alpine views. Many nearby tracks and the lake can be reached from the same parking area and provide lots of options for further exploration.

Park in the Kerr Bay Car Park and take a moment to enjoy views from the iconic Kerr Bay Dock.

The well signed track starts just to your left.The lower section of the walk crosses moraine terraces deposited by past glaciers while gaining very little elevation. The track cuts through a lovely beech forest for for a while before it begins to climb steadily up the slopes of the St Arnaud Range.

Once you reach the bush line views over Lake Rotoiti do not fail to impress. Continue walking to the obvious rock outcrop called Parachute Rocks. The track continues, becoming more indiscernible, to the ridge top. Once on the ridge top many high peaks and small tarns come into view. The track ends here, but if time and conditions allow, a wonderful walk southwards along the rocky spine of the range will lead you to your goal, Point 1787. 

Pack List

Even if the weather is calm at the car park, anticipate freezing winds at the ridge top and pack accordingly. As always, follow strict Leave No Trace ethics. 

  • Ziploc freezer bag for your rubbish 
  • 10 essentials.
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Fitness, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

3.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

3668 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic

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Added by Tobin Akehurst

I am from the Pacific Northwest, where the mountains meet the sea. When I eschew the trappings of the modern world and venture into the mountains I feel as though I am revived by simplicity, renewed by the power of violent geography.

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