Nelson/Tasman region

Mount Robert, Nelson Lakes National Park.

Mount Robert, Nelson Lakes National Park

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Pest control in the Nelson Lakes National Park

DOC will be carrying out aerial pest control using the toxin 1080 over approximately 13,500 ha in the Nelson Lakes National Park during November 2014. This is to control rats and possums as part of our Battle for our Birds programme.

The pest control area includes the western flank of the St Arnaud Range running south from St Arnaud village towards Travers Saddle from lake level to approximately 1,600 m and the eastern flank of the Travers Range from lake level to approx 1,600 m. It also includes the remote East Sabine Valley from valley floor to 1,600 m.

The toxic bait operation will happen after 13 November with cereal bait pellets (coloured green) and some tracks will then be temporarily closed at short notice until they have been inspected and cleared of toxic baits.

Contact the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre, phone +64 3 521 1806, for more information.

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Alert: The 2014 Easter storm has caused extensive wind damage on the following tracks:

  • Rotoroa Route. Severe damage from Rotoroa Village to Sabine Hut. This route is impassable in places and should not be attempted.
  • D'Urville Hut - Morgan Hut track suffered severe storm damage and is impassable.

Other tracks and routes may also be difficult to navigate or impassable due to windfall damage. Contact the Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre for further updates.

About Nelson Lakes National Park 

Nelson Lakes National Park (established in 1956) is situated in the north of New Zealand's South Island. It protects 102,000 hectares of the northern most Southern Alps. The park offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.

View the Nelson Lakes National Park brochure (PDF, 715K).

Alert/Important notice

 Pest control operation / Extensive storm damage on some tracks


The gateway to the park is St Arnaud, a 1-2 hour drive from Nelson or Blenheim.

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Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
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