Walking to Parachute Rocks on the St Arnaud Range
|Mt Robert from West Bay, Nelson Lakes NP|
|Camp ground at Kerr Bay, Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes NP|
St Arnaud Range Track to Parachute Rocks
|Start of the track network near Kerr Bay, Lake Rotoiti|
|St Arnaud Track -Parachute Rocks route, Nelson Lakes NP|
Be prepared, this track is ALL uphill!
|Lake Rotoiti interpretive panel on Lakeside Track|
|Heading along the Lakeside track, Lake Rotoiti|
|Turn off to St Arnaud Range Track, Lake Rotoiti|
|On the Loop Track heading up to the St Arnaud Range, Nelson Lakes NP|
|Mire or mountain swamp about 30 minutes up the St Arnaud Range Track, Nelson Lakes NP|
|Crossing Borlase Stream on the St Arnaud Range Track, Nelson Lakes NP|
|St Arnaud Range Track: start of the climb to the Parachute Rocks|
|Jon near Borlase Stream, Nelson Lakes NP|
|Start of the switch back sections of the St Arnaud Range Track|
|Well marked St Arnaud Range Track along Borlase Stream|
|Resting near pole beech, St Arnaud Range Track, Nelson Lakes NP|
|Rocky, rooty section of the St Arnaud Range Track|
|Near the bush-line on the St Arnaud Range Track, Nelson Lakes NP|
There are a few bluffs around the rocks so take care where you are walking.
|Lake Rotoiti from Parachute Rocks, St Arnaud Range, Nelson Lakes NP|
Normally I find the downhill sections of a track like this more difficult than the uphill: your feet get crushed into the front of your boots but not in this case. The track quality is very nice and those switch backs make things easier on the down hill.
|Resting spot on the way back down St Arnaud Range Track|
I stopped for a break about an hour down track and sat on a very nice log right next to the track. It was about 2 pm but there were still people passing me on their way up to the tops.
|Back on the Lakehead Track, bound for St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes NP|
The track is surprisingly popular, I must have passed close to 20 people during the day. Total time from start to finish was just short of five hours.
Access: St Arnaud Range Track can be accessed from near the Kerr Bay boat ramp, Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes NP. Travel 20 minutes along Lakehead Track, then take junction on left of track. The track is well sign posted and marked throughout.
Track Times: It is 2-2.5 hours to Parachute Rocks, another hour to the tops. Total tramping time 5-6 hours return.
Miscellaneous: Steep track, one un-bridged side stream, fall hazard near Parachute Rocks.