Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park



Nelson Lakes National Park is situated in the north of New Zealand's South Island. The gateway to the park is St Arnaud, a 1-2 hour drive from Nelson or Blenheim.

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The beech forest within the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project is alive with the sights and sounds of birds. Bellbirds chime a constant chorus, fantails can be seen flitting from tree to tree and increasingly the screech of the kaka can be heard ringing out.

Water-skiing is permitted on Lake Rotoiti but not Lake Rotoroa.

  • Speed limits apply near the foreshore.
  • Personal watercraft (jet skis) and hovercraft are not allowed on the lakes and rivers.
  • Jet boats are not allowed on the rivers.  
  • Overnight mooring is not allowed.

Both lakes are good for trout fishing.


Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 521 1806
Address View Road
St Arnaud 7072
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Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 546 9339
Address Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
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