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Travers Valley, Nelson Lakes National Park

Descending from the saddle north of Mt Cupola. Travers Valley ahead. Photo: Gary Webber
Area
Nelson Lakes National Park
Distance
26.9km via Lakehead Track
Total Ascent
1339m
Time
10-11hr
Grade
Moderate
Accom.
Lake head Hut ($15, 28 bunks); Coldwater Hut ($5, 12 bunks); John Tait Hut ($15, 27 bunks); Cupola Hut ($5, 8 bunks)
Access
From Lakehead Track at St Arnaud of Coldwater Hut at the head of Lake Rotoiti
Map
BS24
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Hike Lakehead Track to Lakehead Hut (or catch a water taxi and save yourself a few hours).

Coninue up the Travers Valley to John Tait Hut. One option is stay here before carrying on to Cuploa Hut a further 2.5hr away.

This route is part of Te Araroa Trail and is well maintained. If you have the time, a worthy side trip from Cupola Hut is to climb to the saddle between Mt Cupola and Pt2120.

The view from here is second to none and encompasses the Sabine Valley to the west and the Traverse Valley to the north.

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