Nelson Lakes National Park

Nelson Lakes National Park

DOC Visitor Centre


37 Rankers Reviews

36 Face-to-Face

19 St Arnaud

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Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Pinchgut Track - Photo: John Wotherspoon
Kerr Bay Jetty - Photo: Gabi Czoma


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, 10 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
•Marine reserves
•Conservation projects
•Local stories, legends and history - our nature, our people

• Nelson Lakes National Park
• Lake Rotoiti walking tracks


Feature Value Info


Nelson Lakes National Park DOC Visitor Centre

Local government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionSt Arnaud


  • DOC Centres
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

9:00am-4:00pm daily
Check the DOC website (link to or phone the centre for current opening hours.


Showing 13 reviews of 34.

Ross's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Lake Rotoiti is definitely a beautiful place.However it felt like a police state run by D.O.C. We own a fully self contained motor home and enjoy out of the way places where we can legally freedom camp and obviously we leave nothing behind except tyre tracks.DOC has covered Rotoiti in ugly polluting signs everywhere forbidding any form of freedom camping with the threat of a large fine if you transgress.We are left with the DOC owned campground at a cost of $46.00 per night to park on their gravel.As well the DOC noticeboard has various warnings regards fines if you use a drone in their park(why) and charges for using the multitude of taxpayer funded huts in what is a taxpayer funded park.Thankfully there is a POP in Rotoiti at $10.00 per night per vehicle.Last comment there are more rabbits in Rotoiti than people and fast increasing.Is this not DOC,s job to control them.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Simon Quass


Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly, a lot of information, very useful.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in October 2015

Philipp Richter's avatar

Philipp Richter


Ranking: 8/10

Good information and friendly.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in October 2015

Sophie Kalnymsky's avatar

Sophie Kalnymsky


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 6 years ago

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Sophie Arru


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Jonathan Brunetti's avatar

Jonathan Brunetti


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place to do hiking!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Maria Schober


Ranking: 9/10

Good and experienced advice.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2015

Adam's avatar


Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Fanny DeBon


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 7 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Sibylle and Nadine


Ranking: 8/10

Good information, precise but not over enthusiastic.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Bartlomiej Berger


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 7 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Esther Itier


Ranking: 7/10

Nice staff with good advice.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Sanne Meijer


Ranking: 8/10

Cool information on stuff.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014