This mainly unmarked loop route travels the Leatham Conservation Area and into the magnificent Molesworth Recreation Reserve, traversing mountain tops and tussocky valleys.

56 km loop

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 days Expert: Route

Seasonal restrictions

A permit is required for travel above Saxton Hut between 1 January and 30 April. Allow 10 working days for us to receive and process your application. Apply online for an activity permit from the Wairau/Renwick Office. 

Dog access

No dogs

Stay safe in the outdoors


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Email:   nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
Whakatū / Nelson Office
Email:   nelson@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Monro Building
186 Bridge Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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