Looking for a great trail in Nelson Lakes National Park? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, views 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Nelson Lakes National Park ranging from 5 to 24.3 miles and from 2,024 to 5,846 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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

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..

23 days ago

Did the track clockwise, the first part (lakehead track) is easy walking along the lake, ends in a nice and long swingbridge. The next part (cascade track) moderately gains altitude at the beginning, then after 20 kilometers of walking comes the hiking part. Really nice streams fall down on the craggy area, but you need to be careful when it’s windy up there, considering that your legs are not that fresh after 20km. Once you have gained 600-700m altitude, you reach Angelus hut which sits next to a beautiful lake. The surrounding is awesome, it is hard to stop staring it through the windows. If the weather is nice, take the robert’s ridge track on the second day, the view is beautiful all along the way. Some parts are rocky and steepy, they reqiure stable legs and some hiking experience.

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

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!

Great walk, nice hut!

Hut and campsite was booked, Butter we gave it a go. Hut keeper said, that it is possible to tent at the official campground, but we have to pay the double (20 NZD pp.), There is also a freedom campground 5 min behind the hut. We chose this and were allowed to use toiletts and water form the hut.

Lakewater is also drinkable and you should jump inside, it's really great!

2 months ago

11 hours for this loop, take care with the wind near st robert summit and prepare to have your shoes wet for the track near the lake !

Nice hike! I'd start from the upper parking lot - the track up has lots of shade, which is nice for the uphill, and then you can do the downhill section in the full sun instead. Took us 3 hours including a lunch break - I'd say it's more moderate than hard!

3 months ago


Amazing views, interesting and diverse tracks, nice huts.

Nice solid track the whole way and amazing views of the lakes. It even started snowing once we reached the hut!

switchbacks for days both up and down in the exposed sun. stellar views and well maintained.

Quite steep but beautiful walk. Plaque said 5 hours we did it in 4 with kids 10 and 12 year old with brakes.

Rewarding trek.

Can you please update this app store please

Awesome views but bloody tough climb. Definitely not moderate!

this is a very interesting loop. I would rate it on the high end of moderate versus hard. I started the loop going up the steepest portion first and came down the less steep and longer side.

while it is a consistently uphill slope, the trail is solid and winds it's way in and out of forested areas with excellent views of Lake Routiti. the last section is very steep.

you can rest at the shelter at the top before heading down again. the track down has some deep ruts and is mostly in the open without shade. The trail ends at the lower car park, not the upper car park, so you may have another 10 minutes of walking on the gravel road if you parked at the upper car park.

Challenging. Switchbacks for days. Steep at the end. But well worth it! Make sure you do the last bit up to the ridge

Monday, March 05, 2018

Note: This is the same trail as "Lake Rotoiti Lakehead Track." My photos include pics of the "Cascade Track" from Lakehead Hut to Angelus Hut (trail not listed on AllTrails).

Monday, March 05, 2018

Note: This is the same trail as "Lake Rotoroa Route." My photos include pics of the "Cascade Track" from Lakehead Hut to Angelus Hut (trail not listed on AllTrails).

Beautiful view of the lake and surrounding mountain tops on the way up and at the top.

Nice views on the mountains near by

Spectacular views!! This is not for the faint of heart. You must be sure-footed and in shape as there are parts of the trail/ridge that is very steep on either side. Lots of bouldering. We went back down via Speargrass. Remember you must have tickets to stay at all the huts in NZ. You must get them BEFORE you plan on hiking or else it might be sold out. Also, a note to tourists- you're in NZ now 1) please be polite and respectful to others you're a guest here and should act accordingly 2) take your trash with you, don't litter on the trail or in the huts.

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