St Arnaud

A place to get away from it all

Eels under the At Arnaud Jetty

St Arnaud is located on the shore of Lake Rotoiti and is a gateway and base to experience and explore the Nelson Lakes National Park. You can canoe, powerboat, water ski, windsurf and swim in the lakes in summer. In Winter, ski on the nearby Rainbow Valley Ski-field, or just curl up by the fire in one of homestays to enjoy the scenery are the activities for winter. Hiking is popular year around though the tracks can be very wet in winter.

Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa are the defining characteristics of the area. With beech forest to the shores around

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A region left out

Westland is an area bounded by the Southern Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west is only 10 miles wide by some 600 miles long. At one time this region had more hotels than any other per head of population. The town of Westport once had 26 hotels on its main street, now it may have only 5.

Places to visit are the museums in most towns for relics of pioneer life. The pancake rock formations at Punakaiki. Shanti-town near the town of Greymouth, where you can pan for gold and see how the early settlers lived. There are opportunities to walk and climb in the valleys, mountains

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Abel Tasman NP

Another centre of the universe

Abel Tasman National Park is located in Golden Bay and the Nelson area at the top of the South Island and at 22,530 hectares, is New Zealand’s smallest National Park. It is also the most changed national park in New Zealand, having been settled by Europeans and copping the destruction that is traditionally left in their wake. Despite the changes to the environment, this park is a fantastic and beautiful area of this country. Just half an hour from Motueka, with the towns Collingwood, Takaka and Kaiteriteri close by, the park is easily accessible with all the facilities you may need to have great adventures.

Things to do

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