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New Zealanders and overseas visitors have turned to unspoiled hills, forests and coasts of our magnificent New Zealand landscape in search of physical recreation and spiritual solace. Sabine Valley – Blue Lake track is one of the safest tracks to be found in New Zealand’s remote backcountry, free from river crossings, well marked and well provided with huts. It may be sensibly tackled by the inexperienced provided that their party includes one or two seasoned trampers or hikers. So go to it, embark on the discovery of our unequalled New Zealand natural landscape.

Discover Nelson Lakes National park top destinations for tramping and hiking track adventures – Sabine Valley – Blue Lake track the Nelson Lakes National Park ,L ake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa, New Zealand.

Nelson Lake Trampers can expect:

  • parts of the track to have a rough or uneven walking surface
  • to walk through flood water up to a metre deep after or during heavy rain
  • to cross unbridged streams
  • to get wet and muddy boots – it’s part of the Nelson Lakes Track experience

Getting there

Blue Lake is not accessible by car or on a day walk.

The lake is located deep in the backcountry and it takes a minimum of two days backcountry tramping to visit it.
To access the lake the shortest way, take the water taxi from Lake Rotoroa Jetty to Sabine Hut. Walk from the Sabine Hut to the West Sabine Hut (5hrs) and from here to the Blue Lake Hut (3.5hrs). Return the same way.

If you wish to access Blue Lake from St Arnaud, allocate a minimum of four days return.