#41 – 23 April 2014
The Blue Lake Hut is located in the Nelson Lakes National Park 1190m above sea level. Its a short side trip from the popular Travers Sabine Circuit, and also along the Te Araroa Trail. Access to this hut can also be gained by crossing over the Moss Pass from the D’Urville Valley. The hut has a small fireplace and a big living area and it sleeps 16 people.
Located a few minutes walk from the hut is the Blue Lake. This lake has the clearest known fresh water in the world. Its a small sized lake, but the water in this lake has been measured by NIWA scientists in 2010 & 2011 to have 70-80m visibility – this is as clear as distilled water. The optical purity of this water is beaten only by the very clearest natural ocean waters such as those in the South Pacific Ocean near Easter Island.
The lake is sacred to the people of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. Please respect this lake, you should not wash yourself, clothes, or your dishes in this lake.