Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Dew Lakes Climb

Nelson, Nelson

Submitted by Ben Wallbank

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 18 ?

Gnarl Factor: 40 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +18.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.7%


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Starting at the Dam, there are good signs for Rush Pool & Dew Lakes. (you go past Rush Pools on the way to Dew Lakes). Hop over the fence and away you go.

First you'll undulate over some forestry 4WD roads until you reach an obvious sign pointing you into the bush - here's where the fun begins! You'll then follow this single-track old mining route to the top, passing an old anvil rock site used before we had powertools! Keep on trucking to the top where you might get your feet wet - the track can get boggy after heavy rain and the are a couple of patches of the wet stuff. You'll then reach the DoC sign directing you 300m to the Dew Lakes.

At this point you can either return back the way you came or, go right and over Dun Mountain (4km), Rocks Hut (9.5km) or left to Maungatapu Saddle (4km). Each option opens up more tracks, but both directions have options to get you back down to the Maitai Dam again. But just getting to the top is enough to earn you your 68 Wild Explorer Points.

The route up to the Rush Pools and Dew Lakes are part of Nelson's mineral belt which was mined back in the day. The Rush Pool is a man-made pond, part of an early Maori 'factory' where argillite was chipped from outcrops on the hillside and made into tools.

Free parking.

13 km

25 minutes





Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No formal water, but once out of the foresty I drink the natural water. Not endorsing you to do the same though.

Weather can turn quickly up there - take a rain/wind jacket and tell people where you are going.

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Raewyn Peters

Raewyn Peters

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