Nelson Lakes National Park, Nelson-Tasman Region
(4.8/5 based on 85 reviews on the web)
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. Add Nelson Lakes National Park and other attractions to your Saint Arnaud trip itinerary using our Saint Arnaud vacation route planner.
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  • My husband and I recently spent three days exploring the beautiful Nelson Lakes NP with Southern Wilderness guide Angus. We were based at the Alpine Lodge in St Arnaud.The hospitality here was second ...  more »
  • Brilliant walk, definately need moderate to good fitness levels. This is a five hour tramp if you ford the Travers River at the head of the lake, but beware the levels can be high if there as been rec...  more »
  • Many lovely walking paths, beautiful views, and, you can even see eels swimming under one of the docks. 
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  • We did the 7 hour tramp - the most enjoyable bush walk I've ever experienced! Though it might be good if all signs had the same information? Ie we left at 11.30 thinking a 5 hr tramp was the max - so we were surprised to still be tramping at a quick pace well after that. ( Afterwards we saw the sign in another car park that explained the max walk is 7+ hours ). STILL - we were out before dark and it was THE BEST bush walk I've been on! I'd do it again, thanks!!
  • Amazing views, almost untouched nature and good infrastructure for trekkers.
  • Stunning lake, bush and alpine views.
  • Got very lost went 4 wheel driving by mistake. Saw both lakes. Was pretty choice
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