Follow the track through native forest, crossing several small streams and shingle screes to the head of Lake Rotoiti and the grassy flat of the Travers Valley. Along the way small beaches dotted offer picnicking opportunities and mountain views.
Lakehead Hut/Coldwater Hut > John Tait Hut
From Lakehead or Coldwater Huts head up the Travers River flats through forest and clearings to a swingbridge where you can cross the Travers River. Soon the valley narrows and walking becomes more varied alternating between forested terraces and grassy river flats.
4 hours 30 mins walking
John Tait Hut > Upper Travers Hut
Begin the day with a steep climb leaving the river and its gorge below. Cross Travers River via a short bridge and travel through low forest where you are greeted by views of the looming mountains. The track levels, emerging from the trees onto a tussock-covered flat at the base of Mount Travers.
3 hours walking
Upper Travers Hut > West Sabine Hut
Cross the Travers River and journey into dense alpine shrubs. The track steepens, zigzagging up a scree slope to the saddle where you can experience panoramic views. Descend through tussock, scree and beech forest before emerging into a steep gully and the valley floor.
6-9 hours walking (weather dependent)
West Sabine Hut > Sabine Hut
The day begins wth a swing bridge crossing. Sidle above the river for a distance, leaving the river where it enters a gorge in the lower valley. After a steep climb and descent, rejoin the river at the bridge. Easy walking leads to Sabine Hut with its wide views of Lake Rotoroa.
5 hours walking
Sabine Hut > Mount Robert Card Park
Start your day beside the lake winding your way in and out of several small valleys dotted with delicate wetlands. At Speargrass Saddle, the track begins its desent to a clearing and Speargrass Hut. Cross the bridge, enter the forest, and follow the well graded track until you reach the carpark overlooking Lake Rotoiti.
8 hours walking