Enjoy a wilderness driving experience or explore the area from an isolated campsite.

Find things to do and places to stay Upper Wairau River area

Fine peaks ring the Rainbow Valley, providing enjoyable climbing in summer and challenging winter conditions for the adventurous.

The upper Wairau waterways provide excellent trout fishing. The fishing season is from 1 October to the end of April. Each angler must carry a Fish and Game New Zealand licence.

The Wairau is well suited for less experienced kayakers.


Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 521 1806
Email nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz
Address View Road
St Arnaud 7072
Hours Visitor centre hours and services
Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 546 9339
Email nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
Hours Visitor centre hours and services
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