Best forest trails in Nelson, Nelson-Tasman

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Explore the most popular forest 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 forest trails in Nelson, Nelson-Tasman
Top trails (9)
#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 - 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
#3 - Tawa, Mamaku, and Grampians Walkway Loop
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
As of February 2020, this track is closed due to fire danger. This is a shared mountain biking and walking track that begins with a gentle climb on the Tawa Track, shade on the Mamaku Track, and views on the Grampians Walkway.Show more
#4 - Involution Trail
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
#5 - Maitai River Walk
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 43 m
#6 - Marsden Valley to Brook Valley via Glider Road
Marsden Valley Reserve
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 5 h 35 m
#7 - 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
#8 - Jenkins Hill OHV Track
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 3.9 mi
#9 - Maitai Dam to Pelorus via Rocks Hut
Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
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Length: 19.4 mi • Est. 10 h 48 m
Day 1 - start the tramp at the Maitai Dam car park and proceed on the south east to Rush Pool - from there we trek up towards Maungatapu veering south west at the junction, climbing up to the Little Twin and Dun Mountain ridge summits - from Dun Mountain head further south west to connect to the Saddle-Rocks Hut route and stay overnight at Rock Huts - if you reach the hut early enough head up the short NNW track see The Rocks Day 2: head SSE then SE then E towards Middy Creek Hut joining the Pelorus Valley route there - then heading E then NE then E towards Captains Creek Hut then from Captains Creek Hut trek E. then NE then N to join the Maungatapu Road to meet a lift you have prearranged outShow more