Nelson/Tasman region

Mount Robert, Nelson Lakes National Park.

Mount Robert, Nelson Lakes National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Nelson/Tasman region.

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

  • Mt Cedric Route – Limited access, off track navigation required. Damage from 1000 m to tree line.
  • Rotoroa Route. Severe damage from Rotoroa Village to Sabine Hut.
  • Big Bush Loop mountain biket rail –closed. Severe damage at western end of trail.

Other tracks and routes may also be difficult to navigate or impassable due to windfall damage. Please 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

 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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