Getting there & around
Southern Link KBus (0508 458 835, 03-358 8355; www.southernlinkkbus.co.nz) passes through St Arnaud on its Greymouth to Nelson to Picton run, which operates four times a week in winter, daily from November to April; reservations essential. Fares to/from St Arnaud include Greymouth ($31, 4¾ hours), Nelson ($26, 1¼ hours) and Picton ($41, three hours).
Nelson Lakes Shuttles (03-521 1900; www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz) provides on-demand transport from St Arnaud to Mt Robert car park (per person $10), Lake Rotoroa (per person $25), Murchison (per person $30) and further afield, including services to Nelson ($15), Picton ($20) and the Heaphy Track ($30). There’s a minimum charge for longer trips, but the website lists ‘budget fares’ on prebooked shuttles.
Rotoroa Water Taxi (03-523 9199; firstname.lastname@example.org) runs from Lake Rotoroa Jetty to/from Sabine Jetty and D’Urville Jetty ($120, up to three people). Rotoiti Water Taxis (03-521 1894, 021 702 278; email@example.com) runs to/from Kerr Bay and West Bay to Lakehead Jetty ($60, up to four people) and Coldwater Jetty ($80, up to four people). Management also offers kayak, canoe and row-boat hire from $60 per half-day, and can arrange fishing trips and scenic lake cruises.