Rotoroa Nature Walk

Rotoroa Nature Walk

Lake Rotoroa, Nelson Lakes National Park


4 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

17 St Arnaud

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Time: 25 min loop track

This walk starts at the picnic area near the lake. At the picnic area an information panel and a small carved wooden canoe reveal the livelihood of an early resident of the area.

The track proceeds along the Lakeside Track for about 10 minutes before branching off to the left onto the loop section. It returns to the picnic area via the start of the Porika Track.

The gentle nature of this ramble is a botanist’s delight. Of all the short walks in the park, this one contains the greatest variety of tall forest trees, shrubs, climbing vines, mosses and particularly ferns. Here the beech–podocarp forest around the lake is at its most diverse.


Feature Value Info


DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Walking
  • Free


Julie Miehling's avatar

Julie Miehling


Ranking: 7/10

Nice and really stunning view of the lake and the hills surrounding it. The track is also pretty cool but way too many sandflies.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lea and Emmanuel


Ranking: 9/10

Walk through the forest next to the campsite. Every single part is covered by fresh green ferns, you feel like you are in a fairy tale!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Helen Evans

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Easy track, no views of lake however.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Jason Hernandez

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful but mosquitoes ruined the evening.

Reviewed about 11 years ago