Explore the most popular Nature Trips 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.

this is a lovely coastal walk that offers great views of the coast, a mixture of vegetation pungas and manuka and wildlife tui, fan tails, Australasian gannets and seals! we are a fit couple and found the walk easy going
it is generally steady with well maintained wide smooth paths with short meandering ascents to views of the bays. there is a bit of a short rocky scramble (100meters) to separation point itself which requires some careful foot placement and a bit of agility.
Mutton Cove also has a section on the beach which again involves a rocky scramble and requires careful footing.
overall it is a decent walk for a day which you can do at a steady pace with stops at the beaches and viewpoints requiring just a few hours but you could take it leisurely and stretch it out.

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! Second the prior recommendations for pushing past Parachute Rocks to the top - the views of the Saint Arnaud Ranges on the other side of the range and the mountain lakes are outstanding and well worth the extra 15-20 minutes of (albeit steep) climbing. Couldn't recommend this hike enough!

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8 days ago

Getting to Medlands Beach (just south of Bark Bay) requires you to setup a boat tour with one of the companies operating in and around the park, or the towns around Nelson.

The track between Medlands Beach and Torrent Bay is pretty busy, but after that it clears up (between Torrent and Anchorage). The entire trail is pretty flat with a few ups and downs, and is very well maintained. That coupled with the beautiful coastal scenery makes this a great walk.

Check the tide schedule before going - if the tide is out you can walk through an estuary to get from Torrent Bay to Anchorage. The high tide (which this route takes) is awesome to - make sure to bring a towel and bathing suit/stuff to swim in for Cleopatra’s Pool

amazing trail !
Enjoy and don't forget to take some beers at the top ;)

Splendid trail with gorgeous but !! But you need to be sure footed, and to have good weather. I arrived from mount Cedric trail and went down on that trail with crazy winds all along the ridge. I sometimes had to lie down not to fall.
The path is really well indicated.

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muddy
16 days ago

Really nice hike through forest, moutains and lakes. I stayed in Lakehead hut, upper travers Hut, Blue lake Hut and Sabine Hut (amazing sunset on the lake). it's an easy path if you do the classic trail as there is not so much elevation appart from the saddle.
A side trip to blue lake is really nice to add and to Angelus hut as well ( you have to book the hut in advance if you want to stay up there overnight). I took the mount Cedric trail and then the Robert Ridge : it has absolutely incredible views but be prepared to have a really steep trail to glum (1400m up for only 7km). And you want good weather. I had such strong winds on the Robert Ridge that I literally had to lie down a few times.
Also I would recommend staying in coldwater instead of lakehead as the hut has a nicer view :) bad you can see eels in the water

great hike ,pinchgut is the best way up

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.

by far my favourite hike in nz. diverse views and terrain and not as busy as the nz great walks.

Absoloutly amazing walk. So beautiful would highly recommend.

hiking
1 month 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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1 month 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.

recommend going to the highest peak on the ridge...only an extra 15mins and you can see the whole lake!!
absolutely incredible .... have to do it with good weather..

Pretty steep on rocks towards the top! Windy up there too. Great views

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no shade
scramble
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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

Absolutely amazing hike!
Steep uphill at the start with views of the lake then a steady hike across the top of the ridge. Lots of really fun rock hopping made it really exciting and a bit tough at times :D
Definitely give yourself the whole day if you plan on on doing this in one day!

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.

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2 months ago

Favourite trail I’ve ever walked. There’s so many opportunities to look out onto the never ending ocean and on the cliffs you can even see dolphins and whales if you stop and look hard enough. A friend and I stayed up there for about and hour and had lunch, best lunch of my life. And you can go swimming at Cable if you start from the Glen and go over the hill to Cable Bay. It’s a stunning walk 

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2 months ago

The Pukatea Bay Campground to Pitt Head Lookout

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rocky
3 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
3 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.

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