Explore the most popular Hiking 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.

Very nice walk. Cleopatras pool was pretty crowded when we got there (around midday) so would recommend to go there early. 6hours total with some great beaches along the way to chill. Bring a swim suit ! If you don’t want to do the full walk you can get a boat return from anchorage bay.

walked from midlands beach to awaroa lodge..3.5 hours walking..about 9.1 km..was great view and wonderful day , overcast and no sandfly..Lodge is great .had bags come up on water taxi..waiting in the room..looking forward to dinner and drinks in the restaurant..

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19 days ago

We only did the Southernmost 2.5 miles of this trail. The trail follows the river and is fairly easy on this section but that's mostly because the water was so low we had no crossings to worry about. My guess is that with rain it would be a very different experience. There is an interesting old gold mining shaft near the start.

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21 days ago

Great hike along the bluffs above Wharariki Beach. I'm not sure I would rate this as easy as there are a number of conditions (wind especially) you might have to deal with and the trail can be steep; although exposures are pretty limited.

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no shade
scramble
26 days ago

Not too difficult, a lot if exposure. Great views along the way and at the peak. Scramble to summer summit.

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no shade
scramble
26 days ago

Not too difficult, a lot if exposure. Great views along the way and at the peak. Scramble to summer summit.

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blowdown
26 days ago

Extreme wind, getting sandblasted during parts of it

Beautiful hike, mostly through trees, most of the time no sun exposures, nevertheless breathtaking views. Can be a bit cool with the south wind.
Well maintained paths, accessible even with sneeckers or sandals, though I wouldn't recommend it

hiking
28 days ago

very easy and nice track! One of my favourite walks in New Zealand. There are so many different kinds of landscape and stunning views. If I could I would do it again in the winter season.
it's definitely worth to take your time on the trip there are so many side trips and things to see. at the Gouland Downs you can even see whios (blueducks).

Really great track. We hiked from Marahau to Wharawhangi then back to Tortoranui to catch a water taxi back. The hike was mostly flat but there were still many locations where the forest opened up giving way to a great view of the coast. It was also very nice to camp right on all the amazing beaches and go for a swim each day! Great hike would highly recommend!

The trail was not well marked. We were on our way to observation Bay but the signs were unclear as to where it was. We walked down to Anchorage then walked back up to the trail and started to ask people if they had seen the turn off. They said they did, so that kept us going.
Other than that, it’s an easy trail.

Incredibily diverse if you use the high tide trail. Sand, jungle-like forest, shore, stone - everything's included.
Recommend thick, non slippery footwear.

Very easier path to access to the waterfall. If you like waterfall it is a good one, but not the best one. It’s possible to swim at the bottom inside the pool, the water is so clear.

1 month ago

Amazing. Wanted to turn around at the end and do it again

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hiking. One of the best in NZ.

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rocky
2 months ago

Don’t let the short distance fool you, there is a lot of elevation and some quite steep parts to the trail, as well as a few obstacles. All that a side, it’s a great climb, if you are of average fitness and agility you will be fine. There’s lots of shaded areas to hide away from the sun. The cave itself is spectacular and well worth the climb. The walk/climb itself is brilliant fun. Crossing over a dried up river bed, using branches and footholds in stone and mud to get around/over obstacles.

Well worth a visit.

hiking
2 months ago

A decent trail to do if you are in the area, I wouldn’t go out of my way to go there though. A nice easy walk (perfect if you have small or younger children, the spring is nice. Sheltered from the sun.

There are better walks in the area. Has a great swimming hole near the start, and provides assess to rock climbing.

Great walk. Don't bother with the loop, just do the water race part.

Don't bother with the loop. Just do there and back on the water race part.

Worth the climb to see the cave.

This really shouldn’t be one of the Great Walks. It’s not so much of a hike as it is a stroll. It’s almost entirely flat, and the uphill sections are short and not steep. There is literally not a single part of this trail that’s demanding. I hiked days 1-3 (Aowara - Marahau) in under 6 hours. Also, it’s pretty busy and only rewards you very occasionally with views as most of the time the canopy hides everything.

There are much better hikes to do around here, whether you’re in it for the challenge or the views.

Trail starts off fairly easy. You cross a dry river bed and then follow it for a while. And then your climb begins. Be prepared for some slick rocks and possibly mud. I had to use my hands a few times to help myself up/down the trail. Lots of elevation gain in a short distance! Bring water and don’t be fooled by the people in flip flops! Also...lots of flies that taunt you the whole time. At least they don’t bite! The cave is pretty amazing. It can be slick going to the platform so be careful! Enjoy!

Easy trail and the largest freshwater spring is pretty neat! You can see right to the bottom. Saw ducks too! We did the “short loop”, although I never saw where there was a longer one.

Easy trail and the largest freshwater spring is pretty neat! You can see right to the bottom. Saw ducks too!

Nice trail, a little busy south of totaranui.

beautiful walk. kids love the little bridges. Won't do the entire loop track again though.

great walk. kids handle it well.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular great walk with a range of beautiful scenery!

Nice easy walk, cool waterfall to check out!

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