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Travers-Sabine Circuit is a 46.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saint Arnaud, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 46.2 miles Elevation Gain: 10,813 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Travers-Sabine Circuit in Nelson Lakes Regional Park is a four to eight day trip with huts along the way to stay in. The terrain is sometimes easy and straight, sometimes demanding with lots of roots, numerous smaller climbs and descends, and sometimes hard when you have to fight your way through windfall or non-existing parts of the track that the river has claimed. Travers Saddle is an alpine region, so you might encounter rain, fog, and snow even in Summer. When in doubt, it is better to stay in the hut. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/nelson-lakes-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/travers-sabine-circuit/

backpacking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

The track was great; rocky, rooty, some small streams to cross. Beautiful forests. Managed the trek in three nights; 1st night at Coldwater hut 9km, 2nd night at Upper Travers 22km, 3rd night Sabine Hut 23km, 4th day out to Lakehead carpark 23 km. Most will do this in 4 nights or more. my legs feel like rubber!

hiking
muddy
scramble
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
Fri Apr 05 2019

Really nice hike through forest, moutains and lakes. I stayed in Lakehead hut, upper travers Hut, Blue lake Hut and Sabine Hut (amazing sunset on the lake). it's an easy path if you do the classic trail as there is not so much elevation appart from the saddle. A side trip to blue lake is really nice to add and to Angelus hut as well ( you have to book the hut in advance if you want to stay up there overnight). I took the mount Cedric trail and then the Robert Ridge : it has absolutely incredible views but be prepared to have a really steep trail to glum (1400m up for only 7km). And you want good weather. I had such strong winds on the Robert Ridge that I literally had to lie down a few times. Also I would recommend staying in coldwater instead of lakehead as the hut has a nicer view :) bad you can see eels in the water

hiking
Fri Mar 22 2019

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

hiking
6 months ago

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11 months ago

Fri May 31 2019

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Tue Mar 26 2019

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Wed Oct 24 2018

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Wed Jul 18 2018