Lake Rotoiti circuit

Lake Rotoiti circuit

Nelson Lakes National Park



11 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

282 Walking

9 St Arnaud




Time: 7 - 10 hrs return

As this is a long walk to complete in one day, you may choose to halve the walk by taking the water taxi to Lakehead Hut or Coldwater Hut and walking back to Kerr Bay.

Beginning in Kerr Bay, take the Lakehead Track around the eastern shore and reach Lakehead Hut after about three hours. If the Travers River is low, you can cross the river opposite the hut to get to the main Travers Valley Track and Coldwater Hut; otherwise there is a swingbridge located 1 hr 30 min further up the Travers Valley.

From Lakehead Hut to Coldwater Hut via the swingbridge is three hours.

From Coldwater Hut at the lake edge, the Lakeside Track heads north along the western lake shore. An hour from the hut the track passes by a short side track to Whisky Falls.

After another hour the track turns away from the lake and climbs to Mt Robert Road. To complete the circuit along the road to West Bay and tracks to Kerr Bay adds another hour.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Walking
  • Free



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Peter Todd

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent walk.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Michiel Tromp


Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk, nice views.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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John Edwards

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning scenery and excellent maintenance of paths. No criticism, just brilliant.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Soeren Buchheister


Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk around a great lake with high mountains. Make sure the weather is fine.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Connor Hormell

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk. Incredible views that are overwhelming.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Alicia Speisekorn-Gil


Ranking: 10/10

It is a larger mountain lake in the Nelson Lakes National Park. It offers a great view of the surrounding mountains. With us it rained and it was foggy. The Lake is still worth a visit. You can stroll along the lake wonderfully.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lake, easy walk, amazing bays and views.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Ian's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place, fenceless reserve. Stunning views, great bush, easy track.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Olivia Reiter

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Was so beautiful, right on the lake. Only cost $5, 2 hour hike to get there, coldwater hut. There was a fireplace and rainwater barrel.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Schubert, Wolfgang & Claudia


Ranking: 7/10

Wonderful tracks, not difficult, but the day it was lot of raining, therefore it was wet and slippery.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Nick Morrison

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