A day trip to Speargrass Hut, Nelson Lakes NP
The Kerr Bay DOC campsite:As I mentioned in the last post I stayed overnight at the Kerr Bay camp ground near Lake Rotoiti. This is a very nice DOC camp ground. It has a well appointed cooking shelter with free cooking facilities (lights, potable water, gas hob, hot water heater) plenty of table space and bins for your rubbish. There are about 40 odd tent and caravan sites and all the amenities you would expect.
|DOC cooking shelter, Kerr Bay camp ground|
|Interior, Trampers cooking shelter, Kerr Bay camp ground|
|Dining tables, Trampers cooking shelter, Kerr Bay camp ground|
The camp ground was full, mostly tourists but there were a few kiwis as well, there are also two slightly more "rugged" camp-sites at West Bay if Kerr is full.
|View up to tent/caravan sites, Kerr Bay camp ground|
Speargrass Track to Speargrass Hut
As it is only 2.5 hours from a car park I thought it a good candidate for a "baggin's"
|Lake Rotoiti from the Mt Robert car park|
|Track to Speargrass Hut|
Basically, you need to park in St Arnaud.
|A full Mt Robert car park, Nelson Lakes NP|
|Day shelter and toilets at the Mt Robert car park|
|DOC track sign at the Mt Robert car park|
|Closer view of the DOC track sign at the Mt Robert car park|
|Map of the local track network|
|Start of the Speargrass Track at Mt Robert car park|
|At the start of the Speargrass track|
|One of the many sidestreams you cross on the Speargrass Track|
|First view of Speargrass Stream from the Speargrass Hut track|
|Speargrass Slip and raised level of Speargrass Stream|
|Speargrass slip...the flood track skirts top of the slip!|
|Speargrass Stream from the flood track above Speargrass Slip|
|Speargrass Hut Track: climbing out from Speargrass Stream to the hut|
|Speargrass Track: footbridge just before Speargrass Hut|
|Speargrass Hut as seen from Speargrass Track...note the board walk!|
|Speargrass Hut (2006)|
|DOC sign on the outside of Speargrass Hut|
I would imagine they get a bit of snow around the hut in winter as it is sitting at over 1100 meters.
|Speargrass Hut: the sleeping platforms|
|Speargrass Hut: the dining area...nice view out the window by the way!|
|Speargrass Track: A footbridge over one of the un-named side streams|
|On the last uphill section of Speargrass Track|
|Section of boardwalk on Speargrass Track|
|Root ladder for a track, Speargrass Track|
|At the end of the Speargrass Track, Mt Robert end|
|Lake Rotoiti and St Arnaud from Mt Robert car park|
|Jon at the Mt Robert car park|
|Mt Robert Ridge from West Bay|
|Lake Rotoiti Peninsula from West Bay|
|Jon near the dock at West Bay, Nelson Lakes NP|
Access: Speargrass Valley Track can be accessed from the Mt Robert carpark, Lake Rotoiti.The obscure track heads off to the right from near the DOC track signs.
Track Times: It is approximately 10 km's to Speargrass Hut, or 3-3.5 hours. Total tramping time is 6-7 hours return.
Hut details: Speargrass Hut (Serviced, 12 bunks, watertank)
Miscellaneous: Need to negotiate the Speargrass Slip (flood track available).