Hike: Mt Robert Circuit

New Zealand, especially South Island is a treasure trove of pristine scenery and I am slowly trying to tick them of my long hiking bucket list. Our latest venture took us to Nelson where we decided to conquer Mt Robert (Pourangahau) located in Nelson Lakes National Park. The circuit is made up of two tracks, Pinchgut and Paddy’s.

An hour and half away from Nelson city, the Nelson Lakes National Park was a smooth drive and despite having perfect weather, the park was surprisingly quiet. We parked our car up at the Mt Robert Carpark and made our way up the zig-zag ascent. Boy, it was a tedious and long way up.

Every now and then we would be rewarded with picturesque views which is worthy of a photo stop. There were multiple times where turning back crossed my mind but with encouragement amongst the group, we finally reached the summit. We found a flat spot amongst the tall grass next to the zen stone arrangements and enjoyed our lunch.

In total, the circuit took us about 4 hours including our lunch and multiple photo breaks. Although the climb was challenging, the rewarding view of Lake Rotoiti made the struggle worthwhile. There are several different tracks with different difficulty on offer at the Nelson Lakes National Park – if only we stayed there longer!


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