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
The poled route to Ellis Hut is signposted from the Mt Arthur ridge, on route to Mt Arthur summit.
Time: 1 hr 30 min
Distance: 4.2 km
Time: 2 - 3 hr
Distance: 5 km
Time: 1 - 2 hr
Distance: 2.5 km
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.
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.
This trip is exposed and trampers need to be prepared for adverse weather conditions.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.