The Travers Range is the most popular climbing range in the Nelson region. Both easy and challenging routes exist on the four main peaks: Angelus, Hopeless, Cupola and Travers. Access is best via Robert Ridge (see above) or the Travers Valley. As well as the track and huts in the main valley there are tracks into three side creeks and three high huts: Lake Angelus (36 bunks, serviced), Hopeless Hut (6 bunks, standard), Cupola Basin Hut (8 bunks, standard).
Access: Access is best via Robert Ridge or the Travers Valley.
Robert Ridge offers a high route to Lake and Mount Angelus at the tip of the Travers Range.
Access: Drive west along SH63 from St Arnaud and turn left on to West Bay Road. Follow it for 5km, crossing the Buller River and climbing to the upper Mt Robert car park. Walking time from here to Angelus Hut (36 bunks, serviced) is 5-8 hours. The route to Angelus Hut along Robert Ridge is a superb ski tour but beware of avalanches on the two sidles. A more sheltered access is via the track to Speargrass Hut (12 bunks, serviced) and then a poled route to Robert Ridge, or via the Cascade Track up Hukere Stream (beware of ice here in winter). Allow 5-7 hours for either option (less if you take the water taxi for the latter).
Several good routes are possible from Cupola Basin Hut, including some buttresses of reasonable quality rock.
Access: Cupola Basin Routes A marked track to Cupola Basin Hut leaves the Travers Valley at a small clearing. At 1370m and with spectacular views nearby the hut is well sited for climbs.
Attribution: Ben Winnubst Text & upper photo Lower photo: Craig Potton
The highest point on the Travers Range, with routes accessible from either the upper Travers Valley or Summit Creek.
Attribution: Ben Winnubst
Between Mt Cupola & Mt Travers