Enjoy extensive views of the Ellis Basin and the surrounding mountains on this track to Ellis Hut.


The access road into the Mount Arthur area (Graham Valley Road) is steep and narrow and prone to corrugations and slips – check any alerts for road status. During the winter months a 4WD vehicle is recommended to access Flora carpark. Chains may be needed if snow and ice are present

Track overview

22 km one way

Walking and tramping

2 days Expert: Route

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The poled route to Ellis Hut is signposted from the Mt Arthur ridge, on route to Mt Arthur summit.

Flora car park - Mt Arthur Hut

Time: 1 hr 30 min
Distance: 4.2 km

Mt Arthur Hut - Mt Arthur summit

Time: 2 - 3 hr
Distance: 5 km 

Mt Arthur ridge - Ellis Hut

Time: 1 - 2 hr
Distance: 2.5 km

Ellis Hut - Baton Valley Road

Time: 5 hr 30 min
Distance: 10.3 km

From Ellis Hut an arduous tramping track continues down the Ellis valley to the Baton Valley Road end. Numerous stream and rivers crossings are required.

Getting there

Flora car park is 75 km from Nelson and 36 km from Motueka.

The Motueka Valley Highway links Nelson and Motueka. Turn off this road at Ngātīmoti and cross the Motueka River. Turn left onto Motueka River West Bank Road, then right into Graham Valley Road, which climbs steeply to the car park. The last 5.8 km is unsealed and turning a vehicle on the road can be difficult. 4WD is recommended at all times of the year.

Know before you go

This trip is exposed and trampers need to be prepared for adverse weather conditions.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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