Best waterfall trails in Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular waterfall 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.
Map of waterfall trails in Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
Top trails (5)
#1 - Wainui Falls Track
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
This is a cool easy walk to the beautiful Wainui falls. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/abel-tasman-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/wainui-falls-track/Show more
#2 - 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
#3 - Abel Tasman Coast Track
Motueka, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 26.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
#4 - Nelson Lakes - Robert Ridge - Travers Sabine Circuit - Blue lakes - WAIAU Pass
Nelson Lakes National Park
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Length: 59.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a version of the Travers-Sabine Circuit, which is a multi-day hike (4-7 days) in Nelson Lakes National Park. This variation features a side trip to Blue Lake and Lake Constance. Travers Saddle features stunning views of surrounding mountains and Blue Lake has stunning colors and some of the freshest water in the world. Show more
#5 - Parapara Peak Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 7 h 43 m