A very scenic mountain hike in Nelson Lakes National Park for reasonably fit people. This 4 – 5 hour hike ascends the Mt Robert ridge above Lake Rotoiti before sidling across to Bushline Hut, with spectacular views down onto the Lake.
Trampers and climbers heading to New Zealand’s highest DoC hut at Mount Angelus continue up the ridge. From Bushline Hut the trail completes a circuit back above the lake to the carpark near St Arnaud village.
It’s around an hours drive from Nelson or Motueka to picturesque Lake Rotoiti and the alpine village of St Arnaud. Plus a further 15 minutes to the beginning of the hike.
Collection from your Hotel, Lodge or Accommodation in either Nelson, Mapua or Motueka area, and return at the end of the day by luxury vehicle.
Fully guided/hosted by your friendly and knowledgeable Simply Wild Guide.
A fresh gourmet picnic lunch prepared by our Simply Wild Chef.
How difficult is the hike?
The hike ascends quite steeply from the car park area on a zig zag track through beech forest until it emerges in open tussock grassland. This ascent takes about an hour. The next section to Bushline Hut is easy and level, with superb views, and takes about 20 minutes. From Bushline Hut the track descends back to the car park.
What is the track like, and what kind of footwear do I need?
The track is well surfaced and even. Light hiking shoes or running shoes/trainers are suitable.
What else do I need for the day?
Shorts or light quick drying trousers, light wool or polypropylene travel shirt or T shirt, light fleece jacket, light windproof jacket, cap or hat, sunglasses, day pack, swimming costume, towel, camera, suntan lotion, and insect repellent. We have plenty of spare clothing in our vehicle and can provide most items for the day such as day packs if you require them. We do not have shoes.