St Arnaud Range Track

  • 4 hr – 5 hr return by the same track
  • Medium

This walk climbs steadily through beech forest to a height of over 1650 metres. Above the bushline (at 1400 m), there are spectacular views from Parachute Rocks, which gained their name from a parachute‚Äźshaped gravel scree located just to the north. The ridge is reached at 1700m with spectacular views of the surrounding area: Wairau Valley, Mt Richmond Forest Park, Kahurangi National Park, Buller Valley and Nelson Lakes National Park. There are several tarns on the east side. Return via the same route.

Parachute Rocks Track • By JETNZ. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
1 day
4 hr – 5 hr
Distance
6.0km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Medium
The last third of the track is very steep and care must be taken. Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
The eastern corner of Kerr Bay, Lake Rotoiti
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Maps
NZTopo50-BS25
Altitude
620m – 1,700m
Altitude change 1,080m
More information
Link
www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/nelson-marlborough/nelson-lakes-short-walks-brochure.pdfhttp://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/nelson-marlborough/nelson-lakes-short-walks-brochure.pdf

Spectacular views from this range. The last third of this track can be hard on knees (both ascent/descent) and is exposed, especially the ridge which is narrow in places. Nice camping spots near the tarns. 

Map
ID 13451

About this track

Added 5 October 2014 by JETNZJETNZ. 1 revision 6 October 2014 by JETNZJETNZ.
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