Track Details

  • St Arnaud to Lakehead Hut: 3 hr, 9.1km
  • Lakehead Hut to John Tait Hut: 5hrs, 13.3km
  • John Tait Hut to Upper Travers Hut: 3hrs, 5.9km
  • Upper Travers to West Sabine Hut: 6-9hrs, 7.6km
  • West Sabine Hut to Blue Lake Hut: 3.5-4 hrs, 7.5km
  • Blue Lake Hut to George Leon Hut via Moss Pass: 6-9hrs, 6.8km
  • George Leon Hut to Sabine Hut: 6-8hrs, 25km
  • Sabine Hut to St Arnaud via Speargrass Hut: 8hrs, 22.7km
  • Sabine Hut to Angelus via Cedric: 6hrs, 6.7km
  • Angelus Hut to St Arnaud via Roberts Ridge: 6hrs, 12.2km
  • Angelus Hut to St Arnaud via Speargrass Hut: 6hrs, 11.2km

This is an 20km extension of the 80 km Travers–Sabine Circuit that incorporates an additional pass from Blue Lake into the D'Urville. It reaches deep into the heart of the mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park. Tranquil beech forests, fields of waving tussocks, 2000 metre-high mountains and clear rushing streams are highlights of the journey.

The circuit requires 7-10 days to complete and involves a crossing of Travers Saddle and Moss Pass, alpine passes subject to freezing conditions at any time of year. This trip should only be attempted by experienced parties with navigation and river crossing skills.

Whilst the track incorporating the Travers-Sabine circuit is classified as a tramping track the remainder is a well trodden route. There is a unbridged river crossing of the D'Urville which require river crossing skills. Sturdy boots and a good standard of fitness are recommended and warm, waterproof clothing is essential. 

Doc Track Info: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/nelson-tasman/nelson-lakes/travers-sabine-circuit/
Tramper website track info: http://tramper.co.nz/?275
Image Gallery: 2005 April Trip
Videos: Robert Route Ridge