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Robert Ridge to Angelus Hut, Tasman

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Robert Ridge to Angelus HutIntermediate

Submitted by Bronwyn McKeage

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Tasman and Nelson

St. Arnaud

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


10:00 (Slow)
7:00 (Moderate)
4:00 (Fast)



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Sharp 3km climb on zig zag track up to Robert Ridge - Relax Shelter. Then exposed poled route along ridge - technical areas begin at approx 6km. Can be very windy in bad weather. Be careful on large rocks especially if wet conditions. At final 1km point from hut is junction down to Speargrass Track and Angelus Hut is approx 20 mins further along ridge and steep drop down.

Return via the same route (or drop down the Cascade Track to the lake and run back along the western side)

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Features of interest

Fantastic ridgeline views over both Travers and Sabine Valleys.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 40%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Angelus Mega Loop

Angelus Mega Loop

Length: 38.50km

Speargrass - Robert Ridge

Speargrass - Robert Ridge

Length: 22.50km

Angelus East Ridge Circuit

Angelus East Ridge Circuit

Length: 34.00km

Ultra Tour du Nelson Lakes

Ultra Tour du Nelson Lakes

Length: 85.00km



Length: 44.50km


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  • Access

    Approx 85km from Nelson is St Arnaud - go through town and follow signs to Mt Robert Car Park

    About 6 km from St Arnaud is Robert Ridge Carpark - you can park overnight here but no camping allowed. Or you can book a Nelson Lakes shuttle from Nelson approx $50-60 per person

    6 km

    10 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Once on the ridgeline it should be relatively easy to follow the poled route - track is well defined but in bad weather take care not to deviate as there are some steep drop offs

    Very patchy.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Only at Relax Shelter - tank water so dependent on rain levels - none after this point until you arrive at Angelus Hut. You could divert from Relax Shelter over to Bushline Hut if weather declines too quickly.

    Can be exposed to high winds at any time - hot and dry in summer - rocks can be slippery in wet conditions.

    Large loose boulders and loose shale can make footing difficult especially in wet

  • Post run indulgence

    The garage cafe in St Arnaud has amazing scones, muffins and hot foods perfect if you wanted to do an out and back option - otherwise book a night at angelus Hut and Fast pack it.
    St Arnaud

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