Travers – Sabine Circuit

Approaching Upper Travers


The Travers-Sabine Circuit is situated in the Nelson Lakes National Park in the north of the South Island. The hike is about 80km (50 miles) long and takes an average of about 5 days to complete.It is suited for the more experienced hiker. It includes a climb over Travers Saddle of over 1000m (3300ft). Snow and ice can be experienced on this saddle at any time of the year.

The hike starts and finishes at St Arnoud on the shore of Lake Rotoiti. You can start either on the west or east side of the lake. There are 6 huts along the way Side trips to Angelus Hut  can be made. The hut lies next to Lake Angelus, which is situated 1650m (1550 ft) above sea level. There are 4 tracks leading up to this hut, starting from 4 different points along the circuit track.

Bookings for the hut and the adjacent camp site have to be made from the end of November until the end of April. The scenery along the way changes all the time.

The views over Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa are breath taking. The track leads through beech forests along the Travers and Sabine rivers. The highlight is at the top of Travers Saddle with stunning views over the valleys on either side.