Introduction

This remote campsite in is a great base camp for 4WD and mountain biking activities. Fish for trout, or kayak in the river.

Campsite overview

Access

  • 4WD

Landscape

  • Forest

Category

  • Category
Basic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Water from stream
8 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Four wheel driving
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Mountain biking

Seasonal restrictions

Rainbow Road provides access to the campsite. This is a toll road with access restrictions – see Rainbow Station for details.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Getting there

Access from the Wairau-Hanmer Springs Hydro Road (Rainbow Road) between St Arnaud and Hanmer Springs. This is a gravel road with stream fords, accessible by high-clearance 4WD vehicles only.

Coldwater Stream campsite. Photo: D Parr.
Coldwater Stream campsite.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1593706, N5343329
Latitude: -42.06192817, Longitude: 172.92224786 

Note: Coldwater Campsite is a different location to Coldwater Hut.

Fees

Free

Contacts

Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Email:   nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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