Best trails in Nelson, Nelson-Tasman

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Looking for a great trail near Nelson, Nelson-Tasman? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like Nelson Botanical Reserve or Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Nelson ranging from 2.7 to 19.4 miles and from 114 to 3,707 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Nelson, Nelson-Tasman
Top trails (16)
#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 - 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
#5 - 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
#6 - Maitai River Walk
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
The walkway can be accessed at numerous points throughout Nelson. Millers Acre and Riverside Pool are good starting points. The track passes through urban and natural settings and has many swimming holes and picnic spots along the path. Show more
#7 - Involution Trail
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
#8 - Coppermine Trail (Dun Mountain Trail)
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
#9 - Maitai River Walk
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 43 m
#10 - Mt Fishtale Hut via Pine Valley Track
Nelson, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
Fishtail Hut is a first come, first served 4-bunk hutShow more
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