Lodestone

Lodestone
Kahurangi National Park


Lodestone is a peak on the Arthur Range in Kahurangi National Park. Rising to 1462 m, Lodestone is a great day walk from Flora car park, particularly for those seeking a quieter and shorter alternative to nearby Mt Arthur. The summit offers breath-taking views of Tasman Bay and the Tasman Mountains.

 

Trail Details
Length:  6.7 km (loop back to Flora car park) Time Required:  3-4 hr
Trail Type:  Walking track Physical Difficulty:  Hard   
Uses:  Walking only Primary Direction:  Either, though clockwise direction recommended
Start Elevation:  930 m Max Elevation:  1462 m
Dog Access:  Dogs are prohibited in Kahurangi National Park Links to:  Mt Arthur Track, Flora-Salisbury Track
Length:  6.7 km (loop back to Flora car park)
Time Required:  3-4 hr
Trail Type:  Walking track
Physical Difficulty:  Hard
Uses:  Walking only
Primary Direction:  Either, though clockwise direction recommended
Start Elevation:  930 m
Max Elevation:  1462 m
Dog Access:  Dogs are prohibited in Kahurangi National Park
Links to:  Mt Arthur Track, Flora-Salisbury Track
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Trail Access

Flora car park, at 930 m elevation, serves as the starting point for Lodestone Track, Mt Arthur Track, and multi-day tramps to places further afield, such as the Tablelands, Cobb Valley, and the Leslie-Karamea Track.

Flora car park is located at the end of Graham Valley Road, southwest of Motueka. Grahams Valley Road begins off Motueka River West Bank Road near Ngatimoti, and is approximately 65 km from Nelson and 21 km from Motueka. The car park is located 10 km up Graham Valley Road, at the road end. Be aware that Graham Valley Road is steep and unsealed, and can be icy and snowy in winter. A 4WD vehicle is recommended, especially in winter. The road is also prone to slips, so check DOC Alerts webpage for road access updates. Several companies offer drop-off, pick-up and car relocation services to and from Flora car park.

 

Trail Description

Begin Lodestone by following the 4WD Road from Flora car park. This will take you over Flora Saddle (975 m) and on to the grassy clearing at Flora Hut (12 bunks). At the hut the track crosses Flora Stream, and immediately begins climbing the ridge directly to the north. The track follows the ridge, which is quite steep and rough in places, passing through silver beech and dracophyllum, and eventually reaches the treeline (1350 m elevation) after 4.1 km.

From the treeline it is a steep scramble to the small, pyramidal summit (1462 m), which offers 360° views across Tasman Bay and west into the wilderness of Kahurangi National Park. The summit ridge is relatively flat and there is a small radio mast on the northwestern slope. The track descends steeply off the summit and down a forested ridge for 2.4 km (30 min) to complete the loop back to Flora car park.

 

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Trail Safety

Be sure to indicate your intended route in the visitor book in the Flora Kiosk. Lodestone is an alpine route, so proper preparation and care should be made to ensure a safe trip. This track reaches a high elevation and is exposed above the treeline, so proper outdoor clothing is essential. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go. Snow may lie above the treeline for weeks in winter and spring, particularly on the southern face. Take extreme care in snowy or icy conditions as the steep sections towards the summit can be very slippery.

It is recommended that this loop is completed in a clockwise direction, as parts from of the climb up from Flora Hut are easier to head up than come down, particularly near the treeline.

 

Useful Links

Safety Tips – Mountain Safety Council

DOC Alerts for Nelson/Tasman

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