Nelson/Tasman region

A rest at Sabine River.

A rest at Sabine River

Nelson/Tasman region map.

Pest control in the Nelson Lakes National Park

DOC will be carrying out aerial pest control using the toxin 1080 over approximately 13,500 ha in the Nelson Lakes National Park during November 2014. This is to control rats and possums as part of our Battle for our Birds programme.

The pest control area includes the western flank of the St Arnaud Range running south from St Arnaud village towards Travers Saddle from lake level to approximately 1,600 m and the eastern flank of the Travers Range from lake level to approx 1,600 m. It also includes the remote East Sabine Valley from valley floor to 1,600 m.

The toxic bait operation will happen after 13 November with cereal bait pellets (coloured green) and some tracks will then be temporarily closed at short notice until they have been inspected and cleared of toxic baits.

Contact the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre, phone +64 3 521 1806, for more information.

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Bookings are required for Angelus Hut and Angelus Hut campsite from 27 November 2014 to 30 April 2015. Angelus is a popular side trip off the Travers-Sabine Circuit.

Storm damage

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

The track between D'Urville Hut and Morgan Hut has suffered severe storm damage and is impassable.

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, 1,310K).

Alert/Important notice

 Pest control operation / Extensive storm damage on some tracks

We have experienced an increase in the number of vehicle break-ins at the track carparks. Don't leave any valuables in your vehicle. A bag storage facility is available at the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre.

Tramping trackTramping track


4 - 7 days


80 km

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

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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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