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St. Arnaud Motels (Nelson Lakes National Park): "Rustic Log Chalets in a Peaceful Setting" Nelson/Tasman Hotel Tip by Kakapo2

Nelson/Tasman Hotels: 12 reviews and 15 photos

  A rustic and simple accommodation.
by Kakapo2
  • A rustic and simple accommodation. - Nelson/Tasman
      A rustic and simple accommodation.
    by Kakapo2
  • Inside the studio unit. - Nelson/Tasman
      Inside the studio unit.
    by Kakapo2

Those log cabins a five minutes walk from Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park are located in very peaceful surroundings, you hear the bellbirds sing, and surprisingly they were sandfly-free when we stayed there although we got bitten everywhere in the St. Arnaud area if we did not use lots of insect repellent.

The log cabins - now called St. Arnaud Motels - are adjacent to the Yellow House which is the backpackers accommodation, and have some shared facilities like the laundry and the same reception. As St. Arnaud is not a hob of nightlife and restaurants it is quite handy that they sell simple (canned) foods etc. at the reception.

We had just a studio but there are also one- and two-bedroom cabins available. They are rustic and rather basic, with slightly dated and simple bathroom facilities. As our studio was wheelchair-accessible we walked over wet towels on the flower in the bathroom at all times. To protect the environment the towels were changed every second day but if you wish they will be changed daily. The daily service does not include the beds, they just empty the rubbish bins and stock up the courtesy coffee and tea.

Some shelves for clothes, a second bedside table and a coffee table near the sofa would make the stay more comfortable, and it was a pity that there were no chairs and a little table on the verandah, and apart from two bar stools there were no comfy chairs in the studio that we could have used to sit outside.

The kitchen was equipped very well. It had a two plate cooking stove (no oven), microwave, toaster, fridge and a lot of tools, cutlery and crockery etc.

We would go there again and just take some folding chairs with us, so we could enjoy sitting outdoors. The accommodation is not luxurious but matches the surroudings perfectly, and it is absolutely fine for a tramping trip.

You are charged for using the spa pool (NZ$5 per hour) and have to make reservations for it.

Rate for the studio unit was NZ$99 (March 2007).

This rate is below average in St. Arnaud.

Address: Main Road, St. Arnaud (PO Box 85, St. Arnaud, Nelson Lakes)
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: On the mainroad, near the end of the village on the right side if you come from the west; at the start of the village on the left side if you come from Nelson or Blenheim.
Phone: (03) 521 1887
Price: US$20-40
Theme: Motel

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2007
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