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“Peaceful ”

Nelson Lakes National Park
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Very peacefull and amazing place. In winter all mountains covered with snow and in summer a reflective sunshine. A noise of wind will heal all of your worries. Very fresh air and fresh environment. Good spot to spend quality time with yours love ones.

1  Thank Kuljeet H
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

I can comment only on the lake as seen from Arnaud and the view looking down from the first part of Paddy's Track, as that was all we (my adult son and I) did in a couple of hours as a stop en route from Motueka to Hanmer Springs. The lake at Arnaud was beautiful; the mountains formed a great backdrop; we were blessed with good weather, which made the lake look especially blue and inviting; and we enjoyed watching birds coming up to the pier. Access was easy from the visitor centre, and we could have driven closer to the lake. Paddy's Track requires driving up a fairly narrow road - interesting in a Campervan but perfectly all right!. We walked up it for something like half an hour (fairly easy walking), and the views over two lakes were very striking - all the more so as the sky was changing, so one lake appeared still blue while the other was becoming much more grey. A very pleasant couple of hours.

Thank John N
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We are in our late 60s, reasonably fit and experienced hikers. The circuit was a challenge for us (5.5 hours), but we are very glad we did it. The views on a nice day are wonderful! There are two parking areas. The Pinchgut Track connects to the upper parking, while the Paddy Track connects with the lower parking (600 m /5 minutes below the upper lot). Our B&B proprietor recommended starting from the upper lot, and we feel that was good advice. The grade to the top is a consistent 8-10%, so we rested often at the bends in the numerous switchbacks. The track up is well-groomed crush stone, until the very end, when it turns to turf and becomes pretty rooty. Just beneath the top is a bench and a great area to sit, eat, enjoy the view, and compare stories with the other hikers. When ready, hike to the summit and a bit further up to come to the junction with Paddys Track for you descent. As you hike, take your time across the top to admire the extraordinary beauty of the lake valley that continues to open up before you. Once you are below the summit, Paddys Track deteriorates and is deeply rutted in areas. You need to watch your footing. Also, Paddys Track is a bit devilish, in that it descends well below the parking lots, forcing you to spend the last 2.2 km hiking back up hill and across a couple of avalanche areas before returning to the lower car park. Wouldn’t want to do it again any time soon, but this is a wonderful experience with amazing views you will not soon forget.

5  Thank IN_Travelers47906
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Beautiful views of lake and lots of birds. Fishing available as well. Campground was fantastic for the campervan and tent. Nice walking trail.

Thank charesefl
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Camped by the lake in perfect weather
Bright blue skies to walk up Mt Angelus the next day- a little slippery towards the summit with scree slopes and a good head for heights required

Thank scc749
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