Nelson Tasman


  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Rainbow Ski Field
  • Walking, tramping, mountain biking


Perched on the edge of Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud is the perfect base from which to explore the honeydew forest and mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park.

The village of St Arnaud sits at the edge of Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson region, providing an ideal base for people who plan to hike or fish in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Both Lake Rotoroa and Rotoiti are well known for their fine brown trout, and if you walk along the jetty you’ll see some friendly native eels swimming around the waters below. The lakes are a popular destination year round for boating, water skiing, swimming and kayaking, and hosts the annual New Zealand Antique and Classic Boatshow.

A short boat trip, or half day walk at Lake Rotoiti will take you through native forest to Whisky Falls, a 40m high, and fast-flowing waterfall. To learn about the ecology of honeydew beech forest, or simply to find guides to the local walks, treks and cycle trails, a visit to the Department of Conservation centre is recommended.

Nearby, Rainbow Ski Field is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, offering slopes suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.

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