The Tasman Glacier – the calving margin of the Tasman Glacier in Tasman Lake. © portengaround Creative Commons

Tasman Glacier walking tracks

Blue Lakes Shelter, Tasman Glacier
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The Tasman Glacier, 29km long and up to 3km wide, can be viewed from the short walks that start at the Blue Lakes Shelter.

Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View 

How long will it take? This is a 40-minute return walk.

Start from the Blue Lakes Shelter and meander up past the lakes to a viewpoint on the moraine wall. There are good views of the lower Tasman Glacier and the mountains at the head of the valley. The lakes offer good swimming in summer and can be reached by making a side trip off the main track.

The Blue Lakes, originally named because of their intense blue colour, could now be more accurately described as green ponds.

Tasman Glacier Lake 

How long will it take? This is a one-hour walk.

This trip branches off the Tasman Glacier View Track just past the Blue Lakes Shelter and leads to a viewpoint of the glacier terminal lake and the source of the Tasman River. Icebergs can be seen floating in the lake in summer, and in winter the lake freezes over.

Getting there

The Tasman Valley Road is a scenic 8km drive on an unsealed road to the Blue Lakes car park and shelter. 

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