"Nelson Lakes National Park" Nelson Lakes National Park by TomorrowsAngel

Nelson Lakes National Park Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 14 photos

Nelson Lakes National Park protects 102,000 hectares of the northernmost Southern Alps. The park offers a quiet experience of tranquil beech forests, craggy mountains, clear streams, fields of tussock and lakes, both big and small. A special feature is the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project, by Lake Rotoiti. Within it native plants and wildlife are increasing in abundance due to DOC's intensive control of non-native predators such as stoats and rats.
The gateway to the park is St Arnaud village by Lake Rotoiti, resplendent in its tranquil setting of beech forest, kanuka and manuka. It is just 1½ hours drive from Nelson or Blenheim and there is public transport daily between St Arnaud and Nelson. Accommodation can be found in St Arnaud and there is a shop/petrol station. Water taxis operate on lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa

  • Last visit to Nelson Lakes National Park: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2004 at 1:07 PM

    Nice look at an overlooked NZ Park. Lots of good walking up at the ends of those lakes.

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2003 at 7:15 PM

    Fantastic!!! Very informative page Bec.. Would love to do the white water rafting, and the horse riding tours..

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2003 at 7:13 PM

    wow this is a whole new area I wasn't aware of and need to see. White water rafting is on my list to try.. Your information is excellent and very useful Bec.

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2003 at 8:40 AM

    Hi Bec, what a fantastic place for outdoor adventures, Aaaaaa, i can smell the fresh air right now.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2003 at 12:05 AM

    simply excellent presentation..very useful tips...yeh, carry out the rubbish!! love it


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