Angelus Hut campsite in snow

Image: 3moreporkphotography | ©


This is a walk-in backcountry campsite in an alpine environment near Angeles Hut and Rotomaninitua/Lake Angelus. There is no drive on access. Bookings are essential from 30 November to 30 April, on Labour weekend and Queen's Birthday weekend.

Campsite overview


  • Foot


  • Alpine


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
5 non-powered/tent sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Climbing
  • Skiing and ski touring

Seasonal restrictions

30 November - 30 April

Bookings are required.

Labour and Queen's Birthday Weekends

Bookings are required.

1 May - 30 November (excluding above weekends)

Bookings are not required but fees still apply.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Lake Angelus campsite is in the alpine environment near Angelus Hut and Lake Angelus.


Campers have the use of the Angelus Hut facilities and toilets.

No cooking facilities provided.

Getting there

It is a six hour walk from Mt Robert carpark.

It is accessible via the Angelus Hut tracks and routes or Travers-Sabine Circuit.


NZTopo50 map sheet: BS24

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1579151, N5362601

Angelus Hut and campsite map (PDF, 572K)


Peak season (30 November to 30 April, Labour WeekendQueen's Birthday weekend).

Bookings required.

  • Adult (18+ years): $10.00 per night
  • Youth/child (5 - 17 years) $5.00 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4): free

Off peak season (from 1 May to 30 November, excluding Labour weekend and Queen's Birthday weekend)

  • Backcountry Hut Pass or Backcountry Hut Tickets must be used.


Bookings are required during peak season (30 November to 30 April), as well as on Labour Weekend and the Queen's Birthday weekend.

Book Angelus Hut campsite online

Other ways to book

You can also book by contacting the Nelson Lakes Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre.



The alpine basins in the area offer good botanising with habitats ranging from screes and bluffs to stream beds, small bogs and open tussock slopes.


In summer the best side trip from the campsite is the climb of Mt Angelus (2075 m). If the mountain is clear of snow no special equipment or experience is required. The less energetic could climb to Sunset Saddle and then traverse west for ten minutes to the Travers Range. This provides spectacular views of the D'Urville and Sabine rivers twisting lazily to the head of Lake Rotoroa.

Snow activities

The Robert Ridge in winter is good for both of these activities with skiing possible through to Angelus Hut/campsite in ideal conditions.

Know before you go

It's important to plan, prepare and equip yourself well. Have the right gear and skills required for the trip and always check the latest information about facilities you plan to use and local weather conditions.

No cooking facilities provided - all visitors should carry portable cookers.

No rubbish facilities are provided in the backcountry - pack out what you pack in.


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Office
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
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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