Best bird watching trails in Nelson, Nelson-Tasman

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails near Nelson 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 bird watching trails in Nelson, Nelson-Tasman
Top trails (6)
#1 - 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
#2 - Cable Bay Walkway
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
NOTE: The trail walkway is closed due to lambing season from 08/01/19 - 10/07/19.Show more
#3 - Botanic Hill
Nelson Botanical Reserve
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 45 m
This is a trail in the Nelson Botanical Reserve which is considered private property. Show more
#4 - Black Valley Walk
Nelson Lakes National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
This small trail is a picturesque, convenient and road-free route for walking from several accommodations in St Arnaud to the edge of Lake Rotoiti, where you can carry on to many further, longer trails. The trail is made of dirt and shingle and is only mildly undulating. The track runs alongside the Black River Stream which is flanked with tall, shade providing trees. This would make a great place to take small children for a picnic and nature walk. There are public toilets and ample parking at the Kerr Bay end of the track.Show more
#5 - Jenkins Hill OHV Track
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 3.9 mi
#6 - Goat Hill and Bush Road Track [CLOSED]
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 20.6 mi • Est. 11 h 52 m
Closed to protect kauri trees https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Pages/protect-our-kauri-trees.aspxShow more