St Arnaud Range Track

St Arnaud Range Track

Lake Rotoiti


9 Rankers Reviews

8 Face-to-Face

12 St Arnaud

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Time: 5 hrs return

Beginning in the eastern corner of Kerr Bay, this walk climbs steadily through beech forest to a height of over 1650 metres. The lower section of the walk crosses moraine terraces deposited by past glaciers.

Above the bushline (at 1400 m), there are spectacular views from Parachute Rocks, which gained their name from a parachute-shaped gravel scree located just to the north.

The track climbs from here to the ridge line, where you are rewarded by spectacular views of the surrounding area: east down the Wairau Valley, north to Mt Richmond Forest Park, west towards Kahurangi National Park and the Buller Valley, and south to the rest of Nelson Lakes National Park.

Return via the same route.


Feature Value Info


DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Walking
  • Free


Elien Dauwe's avatar

Elien Dauwe


Ranking: 7/10

A great walk to break up our drive time, great views of the lake.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Rob Skene

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A hard climb to get up there, but once you get to the ridge line the view are truly breath taking! More than work the effort.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Veronika and Radovan

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best short tracks in New Zealand. Beautiful view. No other people there.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Bas Hoogteijling


Ranking: 9/10

Spectacular walk on the east side of the lake. Well paved for the first four kilometres, thereafter you have to climb across rocks etc. Very steep but the view is worth the effort.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Peter Adams


Ranking: 8/10

Well laid out traverses. Good park, a reward at the end point. 5 good hours.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Mike & Jennie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Five hour return walk, very steep at the top but worth it for the great 360 degree views.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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AJ van Pelt


Ranking: 10/10

Quiet, nice campground, good facilities, beautiful location at the lake.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ranking: 9/10

Long walk (5 hrs) and very cold at the top, great views. BUT brochure didn't mention how steep the last part is.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Ranking: 6/10

Quite good walk through the forest but very steep at the end. Very beautiful view at the top.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Cymen Crick