Hope Saddle Lookout Walk

Hope Saddle Lookout Walk

Hope Saddle Lookout Walk

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Marios Gavalas

Author And Researcher

Nau mai, haere mai

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I'm Marios, delivering the best of Aotearoa's nature walks to your device.

I've personally walked hundreds of New Zealand's tracks and spent months in libraries uncovering interesting information on New Zealand/Aotearoa. And you'll find a slice of that research on this page - enjoy!


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200 m return | 10 minutes return

This is a viewpoint over highest peaks of Nelson Lakes National Park


25.4 km from Kohatu Junction and 13.3 km from Kawatiri Junction on SH6, the lookout is signposted at the top of the hill. There’s a parking area with picnic benches and a toilet. Kt can be tricky turning large camper vans around here.


The track is evenly formed with a slight incline to the geodetic triangulation marker and lookout.

Polynesian History

Maori travelled close to the present route of the highway on their journeys between the West Coast/Tai Poutini and Nelson. The Buller River was stuffed with eels and forest resources allowed for passage without hunger. This was one of the main Ara, or pathways for transportation of greenstone between source and population.

European History

Following discovery of gold at Lyell in the 1860s, much excitement ensued and new emphasis was placed on the need to establish a route between the West Coast and Nelson. Dave Clark found this route in 1863 despite the dense forest and steep country. Bureaucratic holdups meant the cart track was only started in the early 1870s.
From the late 1870s the Newman brothers from Spring Grove started a mail run over the saddle, negotiating fallen trees, mud, swollen fords and heavy rains. They also took passengers on the thrilling journey.


Feature Value Info


DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Walking
  • Free


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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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