St Arnaud Range Walk
|Location: Northern end South Island|
|Nearest Town: St Arnaud village|
|Nearest City: Nelson|
|Length of tramp: 5.55 km|
|Time needed: 5 Hours|
|Route: Double Back|
|Elevation: 653 Mt to 1787 Mt|
|Wet Feet: No|
|Toilets: The toilets are in Lake Rotoiti camp ground|
|Mobile phone coverage: Yes|
|Date this tramp was last walked:|
|Track quality: Starts off with a well formed gravel track, followed by a bush track with lots of slippery tree roots to trip you up.
There will be lots of surface water on the track after a day of heavy rain.
|Shops/restaurants: In St Arnaud village
|Petrol station: In St Arnaud village
|Hazards: Strong very freezing winds on the top of the St Arnaud ridge.
|Transport: Buses run north to Nelson and south to Westport daily
|Water: From the Rotoiti camp ground|
|Driving Instructions: St Arnaud is 103 km south of Blenheim on highway 63. As you drive into Blenheim from Picton, look for a roundabout with all the signs pointing to Nelson and St Arnaud. 7.3 km out is Woodbourne airbase, 10.1km is Renwick, drive straight ahead, do not follow the main road around to the right to Nelson. This is a beautiful drive to St Arnaud, the sealed road follows the crystal clear waters of the Wairau River for miles. Enjoy excellent views of the Richmond Range at 1756m and the Raglan Ranges at 2160m.
Around 78.5 km you cross the new Wairau bridge. You are now within 11 km of St Arnaud. The Wairau River carries on for another 58 twisting km up into the 2086m of snow and rocky height of the Crimea Range. Don’t blink when you drive through St Arnaud or your will miss the town. Drive past the main shop. 100m ahead of you is the turn off to the Department of Conservation Visitor Center and Kerr Bay on the shores of Lake Rotoiti. At the lake front, take the road to the left, this will take you to the camp site and the start of the walking tracks.
|Camping on track: Yes|
|Track highlights: The best views of the Nelson Lakes District without having to backpack in for days. Fantastic views of snow capped mountains, alpine tussock valleys and crystal clear lakes.
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Detailed track description for
St Arnaud Range:
St Arnaud Range Walk - Start
1. Kerr Bay, start of the walk.
2. The main entrance to the campground.
1. Parachute Rock
2. St Arnaud Range. 1683m
3. Best views. 1787m
At the start of the track there is a good information board for you to study. Follow the sign saying to more tracks.
St Arnaud Range Walk - Point 2
St Arnaud Range Walk - Points 3
Walk along the lake edge and up a slight incline to the first junction. Take the left hand track. You will have to look around the corner to see the next sign. St Arnaud range track and the honey dew loop track.
St Arnaud Range Walk - Points 4
St Arnaud Range Walk - Points 5
St Arnaud Range Walk - Points 6
The bad news is, the next 20 minutes gets a little harder till you reach the top the St Arnaud Range.
There are a couple of track poles to follow, but just stick to the ridge line and you will be OK. I walked up here the day before thinking the rain will stop when I reach the top, yeah right! I had my head in the clouds while drinking my hot coffee. What a big difference it is today.
St Arnaud Range Walk - Points 7
St Arnaud Range Walk - Points 8