Nelson/Tasman region

Mount Robert, Nelson Lakes National Park.

Mount Robert, Nelson Lakes National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Nelson/Tasman region.

Nelson Lakes National Park (established in 1956) is 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.

Nelson Lakes National Park brochure (PDF, 715K)

Alert/Important notice

 Hunters in valleys / Pest control operation / Storm damage on some tracks

For further information contact Department of Conservation Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre on +64 3 521 1806.

Updated: 26 February 2015

Hunters in the Matakitaki and Glenroy Valleys
From Friday 27 February until Wednesday 4 March 2015 hunters will be based at six campsites as well as the Burn Creek Hut and Nardoo Hut. They will be hunting the Nardoo Creek, Junction Creek, Branch Creek, East Branch Glenroy River, Station Creek, Wheeler Creek, as well as the alpine areas in between including Baldy.

Pest control in the Nelson Lakes National Park
Nelson Lakes pest control operations took place on 3 December 2014. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice. This is part of our Battle for our Birds predator control programme, protecting our native wildlife from a rodent and stoat invasion.

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Storm damage
Rotoroa Route - severe damage from Rotoroa Village to Sabine Hut. This route is impassable in places and should not be attempted.

Construction of new Buller Bridge
A new road bridge is being built over the Buller River on Mt Robert Road. The old bridge will remain operational until the opening of the new bridge. Work commences 11 February 2015 and likely to finish mid-May. The Mt Robert road will be open during construction but there could be occasional delays to traffic. Be aware of large trucks on the road.


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

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


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