Tranquil beech forests, fields of waving tussocks, 2000 m high mountains and clear rushing streams are highlights of the journey.
The circuit requires 4-7 days to complete and involves a crossing of Travers Saddle, an alpine pass subject to freezing conditions at any time of year.
Most of the track is classified as a tramping track. It is well marked and although most rivers and streams are bridged, after heavy rain there are a number of streams which may not be safe to cross. Sturdy boots and a good standard of fitness are recommended and warm, waterproof clothing is essential.
Angelus is a popular side trip off the Travers-Sabine Circuit.
St Arnaud is 1 hour 30 minutes by road from Nelson or Blenheim. Lake Rotoroa is a further 30 minutes.
A number of companies offer bus services to St Arnaud. Water taxis operate all year round on both lakes. More information is available at the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre.