Lake Nerine 4 day


The Lake Nerine Route links the Rockburn Valley with the North Branch of the Routeburn in Mt Aspiring National Park

Off the beaten track

Michelle, New Zealand, Feb 2017

"Off the beaten track trips appeal to me. Loved the impressive views all the way along. Bivying out.  Accessing an area that few people get to see. Being away from crowded tracks. Oh...and the tomato relish :0)))) I'm delighted to have had an enjoyable trip in and out of this hidden gem."

More Information

This is one of our most challenging wild walks, taversing rough untracked terrain and can be exposed to inclement weather. The route requires carrying full 12-15kg packs and multiple overnight camps.  Experience on multi-day routes and wild camping is required. For example: Rabbit Pass, Mt Armstrong, French Ridge. It is possible to do it as a 5 day trip that gives you a slightly more relaxed pace, and more time to enjoy the route and the highlights along the way.

Available Dates

2020 Status
27 - 30 Jan Open
17 - 20 Feb Open
26 - 29 March Open


Clients are to have experience moving through rough terrain (such as unbridged rivers, tussock, river beds, roots, boulders and scree) and be able to demonstrate good balance and footwork. Also experience carrying full 12-15kg packs, wild camping and long hiking days (8+ hours) is required.

Price Details

Guide Ratio Price Per Person
1:2 NZ$2,150
1:3 or 4* NZ$1,600

*Private groups only
What's Included
  • all meals and energy snacks
  • tents/general camping equipment or hut accommodation
  • satellite phone/ radio communications
  • national park & guide fees
  • 15% goods and services tax.
  • 1 day weather contengency


Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Day 1

 Travel to the Glenorchy Road end and start on the trail through virgin bush that leads into the Rockburn Valley. There are many options of campsites along side the river, or you may choose to push on to Theatre Flat for a shorter second day.


Day 2

 Carry on up the valley through the impressive Theatre Flat, flanked by smooth slabs and jagged peaks. A short climb through the last of the bush brings you into the upper valley and to Park Pass beyond. From Park Pass you follow the steep ridge before descending to the alpine tarns. Your companions along the way are the snowy Fiordland peaks of Madeline and Tutoko. The tarns overlook the Rockburn Valley with views across to the Park Pass glacier and east to the peaks of the Earnslaw massif. Not a place tor rush with plenty to explore before the final short climb over the saddle to arrive at Lake Nerine. Plenty of time in the afternoon to swim, take photos and relax.


Day 3

 Perhaps the most challenging day of the trip. Lake Nerine catches the first rays of the morning sun but you shortly leave these behind as you cross on to the shady western aspects of Nerus Peak, overlooking Hidden Falls creek that drains into the mighty Hollyford River. A traverse route brings you to North Col and the head of the North Branch of the Routeburn. Here begins the challenging long descent to the flats over a variety of rough terrain including scree, scrub and following river beds. Camp next to the towering rock walls of Somnus.


Day 4

 After a couple of long days the final day brings a gentle few hours on improving track out to Routeburn Flats. From here the contrast is felt as you jump onto the busy Routeburn track back to the road end, completing the circuit.

NB : Please note that this itinerary is a sample only and the actual itinerary may vary at the discretion of your guide. Weather, conditions and personal ability and needs may make changes necessary or advantageous to the participants.

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