NELSON TRAILS

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Gouland Downs, Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park



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Nelson Trails provides maps and descriptions of tracks and trails around the Nelson-Tasman Region of New Zealand. Whether you’re into walking, trail running, mountain biking, or just exploring, the aim of Nelson Trails is to provide you with detailed information and local knowledge to help you get out and enjoy the region’s outdoors. Check back regularly to see newly added tracks!

  Length 12-20 km depending on chosen circuit
  Time Required 3-7 hr depending on chosen circuit
  Uses Walking and trail running
Maungatapu Circuit traverses Bryant Range, southeast of central Nelson. Beginning at Maitai Dam, the circuit climbs Rush Pool Track to Dew Lakes, then climbs over Maungatapu (1014 m) to connect with Maungatapu Track at Maungatapu Saddle. The circuit includes a historic Māori argillite quarry at the Rush Pool and passes through the fascinating Dun Mountain mineral belt and beautiful beech forest along the crest of the Bryant Range.

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Trail Alerts
updated 15 February
Fire Risk – Tracks Closed

 

Please note the following areas and tracks are closed due to the current extreme fire risk:

 

– Maitai Water Reserve
– Roding Water Reserve
– Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range
– Brook Conservation Reserve
– Fringed Hill
– Botanical Hill and Sir Stanley Whitehead Park
– Hira Forest
– Kingsland Forest

 

View all track closures in the map explorer.

 

Please view Nelson City Council website for the latest updates.

11 January 2019
Devils Creek Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Temporary closure of Kiwi Road and Bartlett’s Creek Road – Northbank access to Wakamarina

All public access to the Wakamarina Track from Onamalutu is CLOSED including after hours and weekends, until further notice, due to forestry operations.

Northbank access via Bartlett’s Creek Road is also closed. 

Remember if you access the track from the Wakamarina Valley you CANNOT exit from Kiwi Road or Bartlett’s Creek Road on the Northbank. Track users will need to return to the track entrance at the Wakamarina Valley.

First published on 14 September 2018. Last reviewed on 11 January 2019.

8 January 2019
Lower Goulter Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Ben Nevis and Wairoa valley access

All access to the Lower Wairoa Valley Left Branch road and tracks will be closed round the clock 19 December 2018 – 30 September 2019 due to forestry logging operations. This will affect Te Araroa walkers intending to enter/exit via the Left Branch Wairoa River for Mid Wairoa Hut. 

Ben Nevis walking access: Walking track access to Ben Nevis is open weekends only for 4WD vehicles. Watch for changing road and track conditions. Be aware of possible restrictions on this road on any day due to the risk of unstable material.

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

First published on 9 September 2018. Last reviewed on 8 January 2019.

17 December 2018
McConchies Hut
Matiri valley access restrictions

Preparation work for the construction of the Matiri Project hydroelectricity scheme is starting in the Matiri Valley. Information potential restrictions or prohibitions on access is available on the Pioneer Energy website.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 17 December 2018.

8 January 2019
Mid Wairoa Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Ben Nevis and Wairoa valley access

All access to the Lower Wairoa Valley Left Branch road and tracks will be closed round the clock 19 December 2018 – 30 September 2019 due to forestry logging operations. This will affect Te Araroa walkers intending to enter/exit via the Left Branch Wairoa River for Mid Wairoa Hut. 

Ben Nevis walking access: Walking track access to Ben Nevis is open weekends only for 4WD vehicles. Watch for changing road and track conditions. Be aware of possible restrictions on this road on any day due to the risk of unstable material.

Access updates for Mt Richmond Forest Park

First published on 9 September 2018. Last reviewed on 8 January 2019.

17 December 2018
Lake Matiri Hut
Matiri valley access restrictions

Preparation work for the construction of the Matiri Project hydroelectricity scheme is starting in the Matiri Valley. Information potential restrictions or prohibitions on access is available on the Pioneer Energy website.

First published on 14 November 2018. Last reviewed on 17 December 2018.

13 December 2018
Hacket Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park, Hacket Track access

Due to ongoing logging operations, visitors can expect to encounter logging trucks and heavy machinery on the first kilometre of the track at any time of the day or night until the end of June 2019.

First published on 13 January 2018. Last reviewed on 13 December 2018.

24 December 2018
Hacket Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park, Hacket Track washout

Multiple sections of the Hacket Track below the Whispering Falls junction have been washed out. The ground is unstable and caution is required at all times. 

First published on 3 October 2016. Last reviewed on 24 December 2018.

11 January 2019
Fosters Hut
Mt Richmond Forest Park – Temporary closure of Kiwi Road and Bartlett’s Creek Road – Northbank access to Wakamarina

All public access to the Wakamarina Track from Onamalutu is CLOSED including after hours and weekends, until further notice, due to forestry operations.

Northbank access via Bartlett’s Creek Road is also closed. 

Remember if you access the track from the Wakamarina Valley you CANNOT exit from Kiwi Road or Bartlett’s Creek Road on the Northbank. Track users will need to return to the track entrance at the Wakamarina Valley.

First published on 14 September 2018. Last reviewed on 11 January 2019.

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Maungatapu Circuit traverses Bryant Range, southeast of central Nelson. Beginning at Maitai Dam, the circuit climbs Rush Pool Track to Dew Lakes, then climbs over Maungatapu (1014 m) to connect with Maungatapu Track at Maungatapu Saddle. The circuit passes a historic Māori argillite quarry at the Rush Pool and passes through the fascinating Dun Mountain mineral belt and beautiful beech forest along the crest of the Bryant Range.

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