Lake Christabel

Image: Richard Meutstege


A number of tracks lead to a hut at Lake Christabel.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2-3 days Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Lake Christabel via Lake Christabel Track

Time: 6 - 7 hr one way

The track begins about 10 km along Palmer Road, at the Blue Grey River Bridge, and follows the true right bank to the lake. The hut is about 30 minutes past the head of Lake Christabel, on the true left side of the north branch of the Blue Grey River.

Lake Christabel via Robinson River and Saddle Track

Time: 2-3 days one way

From the end of Palmer Road it is 5-8 hours up the Robinson Valley to the Mid Robinson Hut, with the Top Robinson Hut 5-8 hours further on. From the Top Robinson Hut it is 4 hours up the left branch via a marked track and snowpole route to the Robinson Saddle, then 4 hours down to Lake Christabel Hut.

Rough Creek Track

Lake Christabel can also be accessed from Lewis Pass to the east, via the Rough Creek Track.

Getting there

Turn off SH7 onto Palmers Road 13 km west of Springs Junction.

Know before you go

Weather conditions can change rapidly, particularly on the tops. Rain can quickly make even small streams treacherous to cross.

Wasps can be common from December to April, carry antihistamine if you are allergic to their stings.


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