Don't tell anyone!
Visitors often ask me to show them the lesser-known tracks, the “real New Zealand” all these other tour companies keep saying they have access to; where you still feel like a hobbit could run out of the bush at any moment. Where the air is so pure you can literally taste it.
Don’t tell anyone, but Nina Valley is one of those places. Imagine dense forest combined with misty mountains and a cosy backcountry hut that opens up to the surrounding peaks; you’ve got yourself the perfect overnight adventure in Lewis Pass.
We’ll make our way through native forest and over several streams until a steady climb leads us to our accommodation for the night: Nina Hut. Located on a small plateau, we’ll have nice views over the surrounding ranges and valleys; a perfect spot to catch the sunset while enjoying a traditional backcountry dinner and banter around the fireplace.
The area is filled with endangered wildlife and you’ll definitely spot some curious locals like fantails and robins on the way. If you listen carefully, you might even hear a Kaka, Kea or a Kiwi in the distance as they’re currently a few of the creatures under strict protection here.