Best forest trails in Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular forest trails in Nelson-Tasman with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of forest trails in Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
Top trails (28)
#1 - Heaphy Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 44.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Heaphy Track is a remote hike in the north-west of South Island. It is the longest Great Walk and most diverse. What makes it so interesting is the variety of scenery: bush, mountains, streams and waterfalls, caves, tussock plains, ocean and beaches with palm trees and wonderfully blue water. The four to five day trail follows a historic, scenic highway from the inland forests across a high rolling plateau. Best time is mid-February through March.Show more
#2 - Yellow Point via Abel Tasman Coastal Track
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
Great trail. Amazing when its lightly raining. Running or hiking is great. Visit the little coves along the way for some spectacular beaches.Show more
#3 - Lake Rotoiti Circuit
Nelson Lakes National Park
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Length: 18.0 mi • Est. 8 h 13 m
The Lake Rotoiti Circuit links the Lakehead Track on the eastern shores with the Lakeside Track on the western shores and the Brunner Peninsula Nature Walk, around Lake Rotoiti. There are multiple places to step off the track, which is mainly forested, onto the river's edge for a picturesque lunchstop. The scenery is just stunning. It is possible to complete the circuit in a day if you start early. The track is mainly dirt with leaf debris and the occasional rock. There is only one steep area, heading clockwise up to Mt Robert Road, otherwise it is an essentially flat circuit. At the base of the lake, where the Traver's River runs down into it, there is Lakehead Hut. By carefully completing a river crossing, or by heading further up the river to a swing bridge and then heading back to the lake (an extra 3hrs), you'll get to Coldwater Hut. Whisky Falls is well worth the 500m extra side trip. There are small ferries that cross the lake connecting Kerr Bay with Lakehead jetty, Coldwater jetty & Whisky Falls jetty.Show more
#4 - Travers-Sabine Circuit
Nelson Lakes National Park
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Length: 46.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Travers-Sabine Circuit in Nelson Lakes Regional Park is a four to eight day trip with huts along the way to stay in. The terrain is sometimes easy and straight, sometimes demanding with lots of roots, numerous smaller climbs and descends, and sometimes hard when you have to fight your way through windfall or non-existing parts of the track that the river has claimed. Travers Saddle is an alpine region, so you might encounter rain, fog, and snow even in Summer. When in doubt, it is better to stay in the hut. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/nelson-lakes-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/travers-sabine-circuit/Show more
#5 - Parachute Rocks via Saint Arnaud Range Track
Nelson Lakes National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 5 h
Difficult trail with quite a few switchbacks - the roots of trees you have to navigate your way around on the trails can be especially slick after rain. All that to say, the climb is unbelievably worth it! The views of the Saint Arnaud Ranges on the other side of the range and the mountain lakes are outstanding. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/nelson-lakes-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/st-arnaud-range-track/Show more
#6 - Pupu Springs
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
#7 - Angelus Circuit
Nelson Lakes National Park
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Length: 24.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
Wonderful forest, sparkling cascades, a magnificent glacial lake in a snowy setting - this circuit has it all.Show more
#8 - Coppermine Saddle via Dun Mountain Trail
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 6 h 40 m
This historical railway trail has a steady incline to Coppermine Saddle. There are technical mountain biking sections with rocky terrain. Show more
#9 - The Grove Trail
Takaka, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 10 m
#10 - Robert Ridge Trail to Speargrass Trail Loop
Nelson Lakes National Park
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Length: 18.8 mi • Est. 11 h
This loop climbs Roberts Ridge out to Lake Angelus and returns via Speargrass Track. On the first section along Roberts Ridge, the trail is mostly flat along alpine meadow with occasional scrambles over boulders, be sure to carry enough water for the day as there is no where to refill until you reach camp at Lake Angelus. Returning via Speargrass Track is through dense forest terrain which might have some overgrown sections and can be very muddy, especially near river crossings. Show more
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