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St Arnaud to Lewis Pass

A 5-9 day north-south route from St Arnaud to the Lewis Pass, via Travers Pass, Waiau Pass, Thompson Pass and ...   More ▶︎

Lewis Pass Lookout

A loop track at Lewis Pass leading to a good view of the Cannibal Gorge.   More ▶︎
St James Walkway

St James Walkway

A long and easy walk on St James Station near Lewis Pass. Beech forest, mountain scenery, farmland, wild horses, mud.   More ▶︎
Pell Stream

Pell Stream

This highly recommended valley not far from the highway west of the Lewis pass, is accessible to most people with ...   More ▶︎
St Arnaud - Lewis Pass

St Arnaud - Lewis Pass

A 9-day 100km tramp via the Thompson, D'Urville and 3 Tarns Passes Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Profile : St Arnaud - Lewis Pass

Profile : St Arnaud - Lewis Pass

A useful profile of the 100km tramp - with a couple of bad weather alternatives : 1. low route past Speargrass ...   More ▶︎
Maruia Valley

Maruia Valley

Viewed from the Lewis tops.   More ▶︎
Lewis Pass tops

Lewis Pass tops

Looking toward Cannibal Gorge and the St James.   More ▶︎
Travers Peak - Trovatore - Henry Saddle

Travers Peak - Trovatore - Henry Saddle

An interesting circuit exploring the alpine tops around Lewis Pass.   More ▶︎
Lewis Pass Tops

Lewis Pass Tops

A superb track which provides quick access to the open tops of the Lewis Pass. Allow around 1.5 hours to reach ...   More ▶︎
Alpine Tarn

Alpine Tarn

early morning at Lewis Pass (start of the St James Walkway) Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Lewis Tops

Lewis Tops

Lewis Pass to treeline and return   More ▶︎
Ada Cullers Hut

Ada Cullers Hut

Tidy old shack provides shelter and shade from the elements. No mattresses or water supply.   More ▶︎
Boyle Flats Hut

Boyle Flats Hut

Perched high on a river terrace, accessed from a swingbridge 'on the Boyle'.   More ▶︎
Lewis Pass Tops

Lewis Pass Tops

View of the Maruia River and Cannibal Gorge from Lewis Pass Tops   More ▶︎
Route Guide: St Arnaud to Lewis Pass

Route Guide: St Arnaud to Lewis Pass

A 5-7 day north-south route from St Arnaud to the Lewis Pass, via Travers Pass, Waiau Pass, Thompson Pass and ...   More ▶︎
Nina Valley hut

Nina Valley hut

Nina Valley   More ▶︎
Lonely camper

Lonely camper

The hut became rather full with a boy's school excursion. A (clever) tutor decided the nightlife outside may be quieter.   More ▶︎
Exploring Lewis Pass

Exploring Lewis Pass

There is a good range of tracks and routes around Lewis Pass to suit all abilities. Here is a selection ...   More ▶︎
Tarn, Lewis Pass

Tarn, Lewis Pass

Looking towards the Cannibal Gorge.   More ▶︎
Rolleston Pack Track

Rolleston Pack Track

An old pack track near Lewis Pass. This is a pleasant forest walk, and an alternative to walking along the ...   More ▶︎
Tarn Nature Walk

Tarn Nature Walk

A nature trail exploring the wetland plants on Lewis Pass   More ▶︎
St James Walkway June 2009

St James Walkway June 2009

Gloriana and the Faerie Queene, on a brilliant winter's day.   More ▶︎
Cannibal Gorge, Ada Pass

Cannibal Gorge, Ada Pass

An easy overnighter through the pretty bush of Cannibal Gorge and on to the alpine views of Ada Pass.   More ▶︎
Lake Thompson

Lake Thompson

A view of the beautiful Lake Thompson, a short distance from Thompson Pass   More ▶︎
Lewis Pass National Reserve

Lewis Pass National Reserve

A small park occupying the forested valleys around Lewis Pass and bordering Lake Sumner and Victoria Forest Parks as well ...   More ▶︎

Lewis Tops

A light hearted trip report up onto the Lewis Tops, Lewis Pass in winter.   More ▶︎
St James Conservation Area

St James Conservation Area

A large new recreational area featuring tussock grasslands, and including the headwaters of the Waiau and Clarence Rivers.   More ▶︎
lewis pass tops - winter

lewis pass tops - winter

Near where we camped. June 2010   More ▶︎
Lewis Tops

Lewis Tops

A short climb onto the tops at Lewis Pass, providing panoramic views of the area. With camping on the valley ...   More ▶︎
Maruia River Bridge

Maruia River Bridge

Maruia River Bridge, St James Walkway   More ▶︎
Lewis tops

Lewis tops

Panorama (click to see the whole pic) from near SH1535, looking along the tops to the descent to Lewis Pass. The ...   More ▶︎
Tarn, Lewis Tops

Tarn, Lewis Tops

Lewis Valley and Libretto Range beyond.   More ▶︎
Mount Technical

Mount Technical

From the Lewis Tops   More ▶︎
Travers Peak from Trovatore

Travers Peak from Trovatore

The ridgeline between Travers and Trovatore is rough.   More ▶︎
Trovatore

Trovatore

1737m, overlooking Lewis Pass.   More ▶︎
Tarn, Trovatore

Tarn, Trovatore

Comfortable camping just east of Trovatore.   More ▶︎
Deer Valley Campsite

Deer Valley Campsite

A minimal roadside camping area near Lewis Pass. Water is available from the nearby stream. Foleys Creek and Rolleston Pack ...   More ▶︎
Libretto Range

Libretto Range

View south along Libretto Range from Travers Peak   More ▶︎
Trovatore Peak

Trovatore Peak

The ridge to Trovatore Peak from Travers peak   More ▶︎
Foleys Creek Track - Travers Peak

Foleys Creek Track - Travers Peak

A poled route to the summit of Travers Peak near Lewis Pass   More ▶︎
Top of Travers Peak

Top of Travers Peak

View north from Travers Peak towards Gloriana Peak and the Fairie Queen   More ▶︎
Travers Peak

Travers Peak

A short walk to 1724m peak in Lewis Pass.   More ▶︎
The Maruia Valley from the Lewis Tops

The Maruia Valley from the Lewis Tops

Springs Junction and Mount Haast in the distance   More ▶︎
Mount Technical

Mount Technical

Morning on the Lewis Tops   More ▶︎
Sunset

Sunset

Lewis Tops   More ▶︎
Lewis Tops from Travers Peak

Lewis Tops from Travers Peak

Lewis Tops and Mount Technical are in the distance. The spur southwest of Trovatore is closer, and the northern slopes ...   More ▶︎
Snow Cannible Gorge June

Snow Cannible Gorge June

After a heavy 25 cm fall.   More ▶︎
Zampa Lake

Zampa Lake

2 hectare lake under Zampa Peak.Idyllic campsite at 1450m   More ▶︎
Zampa Kampas

Zampa Kampas

a campsite beside Zampa Lake.300m under & east of Zampa herself.   More ▶︎
Head of the Henry River

Head of the Henry River

Between Trovatore and Henry Saddle.   More ▶︎
Lewis tops

Lewis tops

climbing up to the tops with Mt Technical (left) and the Apprentice (right) behind - Feb 2018   More ▶︎
Lake Sumner Conservation Park

Lake Sumner Conservation Park

Lakes and forested hills in this sprawling park provide good tramping, and contrast with the rugged alpine environment of Arthur's ...   More ▶︎
Snow hole lunch

Snow hole lunch

Taking refuge in a snow hole for lunch during a white out on the Lewis Tops, Lewis Pass.   More ▶︎
Mueller Tarn Track

Mueller Tarn Track

A steep but easy climb to a pretty alpine tarn near Lewis Pass   More ▶︎
Apprentice tarns

Apprentice tarns

our camp under the Apprentice - hoping for some shelter from the approaching cyclone Gita but it was a restless ...   More ▶︎
Mueller Tarn

Mueller Tarn

A snowy tarn just above the treeline near Maruia Springs.   More ▶︎
Lewis Tops from Mueller Tarn

Lewis Tops from Mueller Tarn

This is the view south across the valley.   More ▶︎
Mossy forest

Mossy forest

Mueller Tarn Track.   More ▶︎
Zampa (1710m)

Zampa (1710m)

Viewed from just above Henry Saddle.   More ▶︎
Lucretia

Lucretia

with cyclone Gita approaching (blowing from right to left and just able to stand against it), we were taking it ...   More ▶︎
Fantail

Fantail

Fantail near Cannibal Gorge Hut on the Saint James Walkway   More ▶︎
Cannibal Gorge Hut

Cannibal Gorge Hut

Cannibal Gorge Hut is the first hut on the St James walkway from the Lewis Pass end   More ▶︎
Frosty Morning Maruia River

Frosty Morning Maruia River

Trampers on a frosty morning in the upper Maruia River near Cannibal Gorge.   More ▶︎
Cannibal Gorge Hut

Cannibal Gorge Hut

Cannibal Gorge Hut is the first hut on the St James walkway from the Lewis Pass end. Sleeps 20. Nice ...   More ▶︎
Lucretia Hut

Lucretia Hut

Very basic 2 bunk hut with open fire in the head of Lucretia Stream, Lewis Pass area   More ▶︎
Cannibal Gorge Hut

Cannibal Gorge Hut

The first hut on the western end of the St James Walkway.   More ▶︎
Lucretia biv

Lucretia biv

inside the biv - basic but welcome in bad weather - Feb 2018   More ▶︎
Lucretia biv

Lucretia biv

a good lunch stop on the route to the tops - Feb 2018   More ▶︎
Lucretia Hut Route

Lucretia Hut Route

Lucretia biv via Nina Valley   More ▶︎
Mt Technical

Mt Technical

south-west face, from the saddle SW of Lucretia - Feb 2018   More ▶︎
Lucretia Hut

Lucretia Hut

Lucretia Hut   More ▶︎
Pell Stream hut Dec 2008

Pell Stream hut Dec 2008

We visited this hut as a day trip from the Marble Hill camping area. It seemed a good comfortable hut with ...   More ▶︎
Pell Stream Hut

Pell Stream Hut

Small hut at the end of the Pell Stream Track.   More ▶︎
Pell Stream hut August 2011

Pell Stream hut August 2011

Neil B & I recently visited this hut. There have been some track improvements since I was last there. Hut ...   More ▶︎
Brass Monkey Bivouac

Brass Monkey Bivouac

Brass Monkey Bivouac   More ▶︎
Tarns and Brass Monkey biv Dec 2011

Tarns and Brass Monkey biv Dec 2011

This pic shows a couple of the tarns near the biv. The biv, an ex NZFS one, is in a ...   More ▶︎
Brass Monkey Bivouac

Brass Monkey Bivouac

A basic 2 bunk bivvy on the Lewis Tops   More ▶︎
Rokeby Hut

Rokeby Hut

Hidden on a high bench above the Boyle River. Three canvas bunks, 2 cute seats and a woodstove make for ...   More ▶︎
Pell Stream

Pell Stream

open travel just above the second gorge section (going up)   More ▶︎
Rokeby Hut

Rokeby Hut

Rokeby Hut is an old cullers hut about 1 hour upstream from the Boyle Flats Hut. Three canvas bunks and ...   More ▶︎
Rough Creek tops, view east

Rough Creek tops, view east

View down Rough Creek from slightly north of the track   More ▶︎
Rough Creek track

Rough Creek track

Rough Creek track on one of the steeper parts   More ▶︎
Rough Creek Tops

Rough Creek Tops

2010 in the hanging basin at the head of Rough Creek   More ▶︎
Rough Creek Track

Rough Creek Track

The track leads up to Rough Creek Saddle from where there is a great view on Lake Christabel and the ...   More ▶︎
Ada Pass Hut

Ada Pass Hut

Ada Pass Hut after a seasonal March snowfall.   More ▶︎
Ada Pass Hut

Ada Pass Hut

Ada Pass Hut (sleeps 14 on platform beds, matresses, stove, tank & river water) is a large, comfortable two-room hut ...   More ▶︎
Ada Pass Hut

Ada Pass Hut

20-bunker nested into the bush edge with excellent sub-apline vista from the balcony.   More ▶︎
Nina River

Nina River

Spring snow on the Libretto Range.   More ▶︎

Picton to Aspiring

An aborted alpine traverse. Picton to West Cape, but aborted at Aspiring due to real world emergencies back home. Posted ...   More ▶︎
Nina Gorge in snow

Nina Gorge in snow

June 2010 a track that's always muddy   More ▶︎
W Matakitaki - Ada Pass Hut

W Matakitaki - Ada Pass Hut

Treeline in West Matakitaki Valley to Ada Pass Hut, via 3 Tarns Pass An actual, recorded, gpx – the only thing ...   More ▶︎