Nelson Lakes National Park
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|Nelson Lakes National Park|
|Nearest city||Saint Arnaud, New Zealand|
|Area||1,020 km2 (390 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of Conservation|
It was formed in 1956 and covers some 1,020 square kilometres (390 sq mi). It is centered at two large lakes, Rotoiti and Rotoroa. The park also includes surrounding valleys (including Travers, Sabine, and D'Urville, upper reaches of the Matakitaki) and mountain ranges (Saint Arnaud Range, Mount Robert). The park is a popular area for camping, tramping and fishing.
Access to the ParkEdit
The main access point to Nelson Lakes National Park is at Lake Rotoiti and the village of Saint Arnaud, on Highway 63, about 100 kilometres from both Nelson and Blenheim. A secondary access point is at Lake Rotoroa, turning off New Zealand State Highway 6 at Gowanbridge. Shuttle services operate between St Arnaud, Nelson, Blenheim and Picton.
The main campgrounds are on the shores of Lake Rotoiti; there is a smaller campground at Lake Rotoroa.
There is a network of tramping tracks throughout the park. Tracks range from short nature walks at Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua, to multi-day backcountry tramps. Day tramps include the Lake Rotoiti circuit, St. Arnaud Range and Mt. Robert. The most popular long-distance tramping routes are the Travers-Sabine Circuit and other loops through Lake Angelus.
The skifield on Mt. Robert is no longer operational. Rainbow Ski Area is located on the eastern side of the St Arnaud range, just outside the park.
Other activities include mountaineering, boating and fishing, and mountain biking. See the DOC web site for more information.
Nelson Lakes National Park contains 20 Department of Conservation huts, ranging in quality from 'basic hut/bivvy' to 'serviced hut'.
|Angelus Hut||Serviced Hut||172.748693 -41.888246|
|Blue Lake Hut||Serviced Hut||172.655727 -42.057953|
|Bobs Hut||Standard Hut||172.486414 -42.224767|
|Burn Creek Hut||Basic Hut/bivvy||172.449249 -42.156507|
|Bushline Hut||Serviced Hut||172.823098 -41.836731|
|Coldwater Hut||Standard Hut||172.81704 -41.870353|
|Cupola Hut||Standard Hut||172.732832 -41.971811|
|D'Urville Hut||Standard Hut||172.645719 -41.905763|
|East Matakitaki Hut||Standard Hut||172.556883 -42.194457|
|George Lyon (formerly Ella) Hut||Standard Hut||172.605047 -42.046982|
|Hopeless Hut||Standard Hut||172.756489 -41.930388|
|John Tait Hut||Serviced Hut||172.768776 -41.974654|
|Lakehead Hut||Serviced Hut||172.821978 -41.875648|
|Morgan Hut||Standard Hut||172.630071 -41.982559|
|Mount Misery Hut||Basic Hut/bivvy||172.669499 -41.933089|
|Nardoo Hut||Basic Hut/bivvy||172.429207 -42.096966|
|Sabine Hut||Serviced Hut||172.680706 -41.901372|
|Upper D'Urville Hut||Basic Hut/bivvy||172.605865 -42.108211|
|Upper Travers Hut||Serviced Hut||172.748747 -42.022114|
|West Sabine Hut||Serviced Hut||172.683954 -42.007795|
Rotoiti Mainland IslandEdit
The Rotoiti Mainland Island consists of 5000 hectares of beech forest around Lake Rotoiti. The project aims to eliminate introduced pests such as stoats, possums, wasps and rodents, and allow recovery of the forests and native wildlife populations.