Bellbird Walk

Bellbird Walk - Lake Rotoiti - Nelson Lakes National Park

Bellbird Walk

Lake Rotoiti - Nelson Lakes National Park



5 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

3 Walking

1 St Arnaud

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800 m return | 15 minutes return

Nelson Lake National Park is a mountainous park, studded with lakes. Lake Rotoiti is the best known. The mountains rise to over 2500m and are snow-capped in winter.

This is an easy stroll.


In St Arnaud, Kerr Bay Road is signposted on the right. Park at the DoC visitor centre or continue to the lake edge. The start of the track is signposted at the eastern end of Kerr Bay (left looking towards the lake).


The track is well marked and the surface is well graded and suitable for wheelchairs.


The enchanting calls of the bellbird Anthornis melanura are one of the most captivating sounds of the New Zealand forest. The bellbird is often heard, but rarely seen, as its sweet song is carried through the vegetation. These bell-like notes are learned from neighbouring adults of the same sex or parents. Often bellbirds are heard in tandem, singing and counter-singing to determine territorial spacing. Pairs are monogamous and may duet. These honeyeaters take nectar from many native trees. In autumn, by feeding on berries, they act as important seed-dispersing agents in the ecology of the forest.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • Walking
  • Free



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Gordon Saul

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful walk in wonderful weather. We have never seen so many bellbirds anywhere else! Remarkable, and they were quite bold, so some great photos with some pretty ordinary camera gear

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great little walk in the rain. Worth the time. But watch the signs as there is a network of tracks in this area and a wrong turn will lead to a longer walk than you may have expected.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in June 2018

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Annette May

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

We only did the short loop tracks but can recommend these for a pleasant walk under one hour. Bird life is returning.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Steve Eley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Super example of mainland species control, beautifully laid out track with informative display through the Honey Dew Forest. Tip: Take sandwiches and do the whole track!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Ranking: 9/10

It rained, we got bitten by sandflies, but we heard bellbirds + learned about honeydew. It was very beautiful and very peaceful.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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