Welcome to Nelson Lakes National Park

Part of the park, east of Lake Rotoiti, is classed as a ‘mainland island’ where a conservation scheme aims to eradicate introduced pests (rats, possums and stoats), and regenerate native flora and fauna. It offers excellent tramping, including short walks, lake scenery and one or two sandflies… The park is flush with bird life, and famous for brown-trout fishing.

The human hub of the Nelson Lakes region is the small, low-key village of St Arnaud.

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Nelson Lakes National Park in detail