Lodestone summit

Image: Uta Purcell | DOC


Climb to the top of Lodestone (1462 m) and enjoy spectacular views of Tasman Bay and the Arthur Range.


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

4 km | 7.5 km return

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


A tramping track leads steeply up the ridge north of the car park. From Lodestone summit return to the car park direct or via Flora Hut.

Flora car park - Lodestone

Time: 2 hr
Distance: 2 km

Flora car park to Lodestone - Flora Hut - Flora car park

Time: 4 - 5 hr
Distance: 7.5 km 

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

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
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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