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It's a 100-km (65-mile) drive south from Nelson to St. Arnaud, the hub of the park. Head south on State Highway 6; at Wai-iti, just south of Wakefield, veer left off the highway and follow the Golden Downs Road through to St. Arnaud. If coming up from the West Coast, pass through Murchison then after 35 km (21 miles), turn right at Kawatiri Junction. It's a further 30 minutes from here to St. Arnaud. From the east coast, drive up the Wairau Valley from Blenheim, heading left (west) off State Highway 6 at Renwick.
Shuttle transport to the park is available through Nelson Lakes Shuttles; they will deliver to most track terminus points and the main stops as well. They can also link you between the various local national parks and track entry points.
Nelson Lakes Shuttles (03/547–6896. www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz.)
DOC Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre (View Rd., St. Arnaud, 7053. 03/521–1806. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.doc.govt.nz. Daily 8–4:30.)