Nelson Lakes National Park

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Nelson Lakes National Park

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A scenic playground for anglers, hikers, bird-watchers and skiers, the northern gateway to the Southern Alps has two glacial lakes and various hiking paths.

Just a few hours from Nelson you’ll notice the elevation shift, the air freshen and the trees become dense as you close in on Nelson Lakes National Park. Covering 102,000 hectares (252,047 acres), the national park is considered the northern gateway to New Zealand’s famous Southern Alps. Shaped by glacial movement the national park is the site of two mountain ranges and is punctuated by the Rotoroa and Rotoiti glacial lakes. Stay in the comfort of St. Arnaud, the town on the park’s border, or get back to nature at one of the park’s many camping grounds and hikers huts.

Stay in the national park to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s natural beauty. The Nelson Lakes National Park’s main campground is located on the banks of Lake Rotoiti. From your campsite on the edge of the water you’ll have stunning views of the St. Arnaud Ranges and Mount Robert. There’s a smaller campground at Lake Rotoroa, as well as an upscale fishing lodge. Test your skills as you fly fish on the lake. The national park is a popular destination for trout fishing, with a large number of brown trout recorded in the glacial lakes.

Embark on a day hike to explore the surrounds of the lake or set out on a multi-day trek to go farther afield. A 3-day loop trail will take you around Lake Angelus while the 5-day Travers-Sabine Circuit is a popular longer walk. Water taxis operate on both lakes and can deliver you to the trailheads of more remote treks.

In winter, the slopes of the national park become a destination for skiers. Bring your skis or snowboard to tackle the trails of the Rainbow Ski Field. Lift passes can be obtained in St. Arnaud.

Nelson Lakes National Park is between 1 to 2 hours’ drive south of Nelson and is serviced by the neighbouring town of St. Arnaud. Fees and permits are required for staying in the park and accommodation should be booked in advance.

343 Cheap Hotels Near Nelson Lakes National Park

Alpine Lodge
Alpine Lodge
3.5 out of 5
75 Main Road, St. Arnaud, 7072
The price is NZ$180 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in St. Arnaud. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (362 reviews)
"Wonderful place"

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2022

Alpine Lodge
DOC tracks by day, Natural Massage Spa by night.
DOC tracks by day, Natural Massage Spa by night.
Maruia, West Coast
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4.9/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Stunning location
"The hot tub and the views from it are what make this special. If it's remoteness in an alpine location you're after this is the place. The furnishings and appliances are quite luxurious. Be prepared for lots of insects though! Bug spray is must and we still came away with bites. My only very small ..."

Reviewed on 24 Apr. 2022

DOC tracks by day, Natural Massage Spa by night.
Sunny, Private Cottage in St Arnaud
Sunny, Private Cottage in St Arnaud
St. Arnaud, Tasman Region
The price is NZ$222 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Stay at this holiday home in St. Arnaud. Enjoy on-site parking, barbecues and a patio. Popular attraction Lake Rotoiti is located nearby. Discover genuine guest ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
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"A good house with personality, light and lots of room. Lovely listening to the birds. Many thanks"

Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2022

Sunny, Private Cottage in St Arnaud
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Top Nelson Lakes National Park Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Alpine Lodge
Alpine Lodge
3.5 out of 5
75 Main Road, St. Arnaud, 7072
The price is NZ$180 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Alpine Lodge
DOC tracks by day, Natural Massage Spa by night.
DOC tracks by day, Natural Massage Spa by night.
Maruia, West Coast
DOC tracks by day, Natural Massage Spa by night.
Sunny, Private Cottage in St Arnaud
Sunny, Private Cottage in St Arnaud
St. Arnaud, Tasman Region
The price is NZ$222 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Sunny, Private Cottage in St Arnaud
Spacious and cosy, bush setting
Spacious and cosy, bush setting
St. Arnaud, Tasman Region
The price is NZ$235 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Spacious and cosy, bush setting
Avarest Bed and Breakfast
Avarest Bed and Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
33 Kerr Bay Road, St. Arnaud, 7053
The price is NZ$239 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Avarest Bed and Breakfast
Bellbird Bach on Lake Road
Bellbird Bach on Lake Road
St. Arnaud, Tasman Region
Bellbird Bach on Lake Road
Kiwi Park Motels & Holiday Park
Kiwi Park Motels & Holiday Park
3 out of 5
170 Fairfax Street, Murchison, 7007
Kiwi Park Motels & Holiday Park
Maruia River Retreat
Maruia River Retreat
4 out of 5
2314 Shenandoah Hwy, Shenandoah, Tasman, 7895
Maruia River Retreat
Grand Suites Murchison
Grand Suites Murchison
3.5 out of 5
99 Waller St, Murchison, Tasman, 7007
The price is NZ$185 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Grand Suites Murchison
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