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Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.

DOC Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre is staffed by DOC rangers who have firsthand, in-depth local knowledge. We provide information about:

•Walks and hiking - short walks, multi-day hikes, Great Walks
•Track conditions, weather, and safety
•Hut and Campsite bookings
•Heritage sites
•Cycleways
•Maps
•Marine reserves
•Conservation projects
•Local stories, legends and history - our nature, our people

• Nelson Lakes National Park
• Lake Rotoiti walking tracks

Visitor Centre display

Visitor Centre display

Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre

Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre

Pinchgut Track - Photo: John Wotherspoon

Pinchgut Track - Photo: John Wotherspoon

Kerr Bay Jetty - Photo: Gabi Czoma

Kerr Bay Jetty - Photo: Gabi Czoma

Contact

Email: nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz

Phone: +64-3-5211806

St Arnaud Address:
View Road, St Arnaud 7073

Operating Season And Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm daily

Map

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33 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

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Simon Quass

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly, a lot of information, very useful.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Philipp Richter

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good information and friendly.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Sophie Kalnymsky

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

People at the counter are very knowledgeable about the Abel Tasman area, friendly, accommodating and have helped us organise various activities (walks, kayaks, taxis, accommodation etc). Bravo for the quality of service!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Sophie Arru

France

Ranking: 8/10

Incredibly well explained walks, history and environment of the Nelson/Marlbrough/Tasman area.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jonathan Brunetti

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place to do hiking!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Maria Schober

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Good and experienced advice.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Adam

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Fanny DeBon

France

Ranking: 6/10

The DOC site itself was very good with loads of explanation but was not informed well enough as the person did not tell us about closed tracks. The ranger onsite instead was great.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Sibylle and Nadine

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Good information, precise but not over enthusiastic.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Bartlomiej Berger

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Not quite as nice as in DOC Wanaka, but the DOC sites were very nice and in a beautiful spot.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Esther Itier

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice staff with good advice.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Sanne Meijer

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Cool information on stuff.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Florian Klein

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice little museum, very informative.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in April 2014

33 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

Simon Quass's avatar

Simon Quass

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly, a lot of information, very useful.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

Philipp Richter's avatar

Philipp Richter

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good information and friendly.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 96 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Sophie Kalnymsky's avatar

Sophie Kalnymsky

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

People at the counter are very knowledgeable about the Abel Tasman area, friendly, accommodating and have helped us organise various activities (walks, kayaks, taxis, accommodation etc). Bravo for the quality of service!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Sophie Arru's avatar

Sophie Arru

France

Ranking: 8/10

Incredibly well explained walks, history and environment of the Nelson/Marlbrough/Tasman area.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Jonathan Brunetti's avatar

Jonathan Brunetti

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place to do hiking!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Maria Schober's avatar

Maria Schober

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Good and experienced advice.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2015

Adam's avatar

Adam

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Fanny DeBon's avatar

Fanny DeBon

France

Ranking: 6/10

The DOC site itself was very good with loads of explanation but was not informed well enough as the person did not tell us about closed tracks. The ranger onsite instead was great.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

Sibylle and Nadine's avatar

Sibylle and Nadine

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Good information, precise but not over enthusiastic.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

Bartlomiej Berger's avatar

Bartlomiej Berger

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Not quite as nice as in DOC Wanaka, but the DOC sites were very nice and in a beautiful spot.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Esther Itier's avatar

Esther Itier

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice staff with good advice.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Sanne Meijer's avatar

Sanne Meijer

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Cool information on stuff.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Florian Klein's avatar

Florian Klein

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice little museum, very informative.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in April 2014