Nelson/Tasman region

A rest at Sabine River.

A rest at Sabine River

Nelson/Tasman region map.

About Travers-Sabine Circuit

The 80 km Travers-Sabine Circuit reaches deep into the heart of the mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park. Tranquil beech forests, fields of waving tussocks, 2000 metre-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.

View the Travers-Sabine Circuit brochure (PDF, 3,311K).

Angelus is a popular side trip off the Travers-Sabine Circuit. 


Alert/Important notice

 Pest control operation / Storm damage on some tracks

Pest control in the Nelson Lakes National Park
Nelson Lakes pest control operations took place on 3 December 2014. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice. This is part of our Battle for our Birds predator control programme, protecting our native wildlife from a rodent and stoat invasion. For more information contact the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre, phone +64 3 521 1806.

The route from Rotoroa Village to Sabine Hut has suffered severe strom damage. It is impassable in places and should not be attempted.

The windfall between D'Urville and Morgan Huts has now been cleared.

Bookings are required for Angelus Hut and Angelus Hut campsite from 27 November 2014 to 30 April 2015.

Mt Robert Carpark is an isolated site and may be prone to vehicle break-ins. It is advisable not to leave any valuables in your vehicle. A bag storage facility is available at the Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre.

Wasp numbers are currently very high in the park. Visitors are advised to be aware of the potential of wasp nests along tracks and around amenity areas and camps. Always carry antihistamine and especially an epipen  if you are allergic to wasp stings. Ensure you also carry a reliable means of communication  such as a cell phone, or locator beacon in-case you have a severe allergic reaction.

Tramping trackTramping track


4 - 7 days


80 km

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Nelson/Tasman places


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
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