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Nelson Lakes National Park
Nelson Lakes National Park Review
Spread around two stunningly scenic glacial lakes, Rotoroa and Rotoiti, the Nelson Lakes National Park is an alpine zone of soaring mountains, rocky rivers, and bush-lined trails. The native beech forests pour down to the lakeshore. On cloudy days, mist swirls through the trees, wetting the draping mosses and silencing the birds. On sunny days the intense green shines through and the birds' chorus resumes. Lake Rotoiti is also the site of one of the DOC "mainland islands," where long-term intensive pest control has allowed for the recovery of many native birds species and the re-introduction of great spotted kiwi.
Of the two lakes, Lake Rotoroa is the most pristine, with just a few fishing cottages, a campsite, and a lodge on its shore. The village of St. Arnaud sits at the northern end of Lake Rotoiti; it's the gateway to the park, with a lodge, a handful of B&Bs, a general store, and the DOC Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre. The DOC Visitor Centre here is particularly good, with information on the area's geology and ecology. Maps and details on the hiking trails are available, and a mountain weather forecast is issued daily. The DOC office administers two excellent campgrounds around the lake frontage. Bookings for both Kerr Bay and West Bay campsites can be made online or at the visitor centre.
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