Nelson Lakes National Park

Top Adventures in Nelson Lakes National Park

  • Backpack to Lake Angelus Alpine Hut

    From the Mt. Robert car park, take the Pinchgut Track up to the Bushline shelter (approx. 1 hr 30 mins). This beginning portion of the track is steep, with numerous switchbacks that will have you questioning whether you really need everything in y...

    7.6 miles 3987 ft gain

  • Winter Overnight in Lake Angelus Hut

    This is a popular and crowded route in summer months, but in winter you could have this 28 bunk hut with a stove all to yourself!Begin by climbing switchbacks to the summit of Mt Roberts and then following the crest of Robert Ridge. The route is e...

    7.5 miles 4000 ft gain

  • Hike the Mount Robert Circuit

    Nelson Lakes National Park is famous for the overnight trip to Lake Angelus Hut, but without the right experience it is a dangerous track. So a simpler alternative is the Mount Robert Circuit which can be done as a day tramp or turn it into an awe...

    5.6 miles 1902.9 ft gain

  • Backpack and Kayak to Blue Lake

    This lake has the clearest visibility fresh water found anywhere in the world with visibility between the 70-80 meter range. And the Colours are beautiful! (We just ask that you do not swim in this lake or do your dish washing in it as it is a sup...

    31.1 miles 1430.4 ft gain

  • Hike the St Arnaud Track in Nelson Lakes NP

    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...

    3.4 miles 3668 ft gain

  • Hike to Whiskey Falls

    Whiskey Falls provides a great way to stretch the legs during a car trip. Or it provides a great day hike option if you are looking to explore the Nelson Lakes area. I had a day to explore and decided to cruise down Nelson Lakes and do a day hike....

    5 miles

  • Hike the Lewis Pass Tops Route

    Park at the well marked Saint James Walkway Car Park. You will find the Lewis Pass Tops Trail Head across the street. The trail begins by climbing steeply through beech forest and then breaks through the tree line before arriving at the ridge cres...

    5.6 miles 2624.7 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike the Old Ghost Road

    The Old Ghost Road is an intermediate-advanced backcountry single-track mountain bike trail in New Zealand. It takes 1-4 days to complete, with most people doing the ride in two days. It's in the West Coast region (the upper South Island) and runs...

    52.2 miles 5577.4 ft gain

  • Hike the Waterfall Track

    Relatively short day hike that involves a few stairs and bridge crossing brings you to a cool spot called Dog Stream Waterfall at the end of the Waterfall Track. While the waterfall itself is cool, the hike itself is pretty great. Steady climb up ...

    2.5 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Hike to the Summit of Mt. Isobel

    Start at the Waterfall Track Car Park. Follow the Waterfall Track along Dog Stream and through thick beech forest until the intersection with the Mt. Isobel Track (all intersections are well signed). Here, a quick detour brings you to Dog Stream F...

    5.6 miles 2624.7 ft gain

  • Hike to the Ben Nevis Summit in New Zealand

    First thing first, you definitely need a 4WD to reach the car park. The gravel road starts at the beginning of the Pig valley rd. Follow the Wairoa Gorge rd, you'll find a first DOC sign about the Ben Nevis at the crossroad between Wairoa Gorge rd...

    7.5 miles 2624.7 ft gain

  • Hike the Forest Journey

    This track is located just outside of Hanmer springs, and is the perfect afternoon or morning walk. Don't plan on this taking a whole day as the longest loop takes an about 90 minutes, if you are taking your time and enjoying it all. There are cle...

    2 miles