Nelson Lakes National Park, Nelson-Tasman Region

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#3 of 11 in Nature in Nelson-Tasman Region
Large lakes and towering mountains give you an abundance of activities to choose from at Nelson Lakes National Park. The two main attractions, Lake Rotoroa and Lake Rotoiti, are popular spots for boating, water skiing, and fishing, especially since trout has been introduced to both bodies of water. Small communities can be found around the lakes along with fishing lodges and water taxi services. The encircling mountain ranges and valleys offer prime camping and hiking, with a large network of walking trails located around the park (try the most popular, the Travers-Sabine circuit). Explore these to see beech forests filled with native animal and plant life. A visitor's center in Saint Arnaud can keep you up to date about all aspects of the park. Take a look at our Brightwater online itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Nelson Lakes National Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We are in our late 60s, reasonably fit and experienced hikers. The circuit was a challenge for us (5.5 hours), but we are very glad we did it. The views on a nice day are wonderful! There are two park...  more »
  • Both lakes are very friendly, to the sunset colors are pretty, I would well remained longer but the road was waiting. At this time of year there is full of these little unpleasant mosquitoes, which have shortened the time, but dress, well camouflaged is better :-)
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  • Beautiful views of lake and lots of birds. Fishing available as well. Campground was fantastic for the campervan and tent. Nice walking trail.  more »

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