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“Wine and Art Tour in Nelson_New Zealand” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nelson Lakes National Park

Nelson Lakes National Park
Via SH6 & SH63, New Zealand
03 521 1806
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Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
“Wine and Art Tour in Nelson_New Zealand”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

On the way back to home Dunedin from Auckland, I planed for short trip just for myself at Nelson.
As a winelover, it was a dream place.
Noel Kenndy, who is a wine experts and previous restaurant ower, had guided me to 5 excellent wineries in Nelson.
Although chilly weather of winter time, I really enjoyed plenty of fabulous wines and great lunch.
It was special experience for me, escaped from cloudy tourists, enjoing just for myself.
Second day, I visited WOW(World of Wearable Arts) museaum, which has full of genious works.
At that afternoon, I dropped at few more galleries in city center, including Jens Hansen's studio who had designed ring for 'The Load of Ring' movie.
It was shame that I haven't have enough time to visit 'Abel Tazsman'.
Nelson was one of most beautiful and lovely place I think.
Thanks, Noel!

Visited June 2012
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“a piece of paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

our family has had a holiday home in the national park for 10 years, so we know the area very well. We have always had a love for the area, the scenery can be breathtaking - especially with snow on the tops of the mountains, calm waters and blue sky.

Many wedding are enjoyed here (in the quaint chapel worth visiting), and then photos on one of the wharves.

Activities we recommend: trout fishing, water skiing (our passion), tramping/hiking the many diverse tracks (even walk around the lake in a day), snow skiing Rainbow ski field (in season), mountain biking the forestry tracks and ICE-SKATING on a pond in winter(July). You can even try and locate the famous kiwi, newly released in the area if you a super keen, (tho i am sure you will only hear them at a distance!). Sky TV, a pool table and good food/drink down at the Alpine pub/hotel after a hard day on the ski slopes!!

For the less adventureous - "D.O.C." is worth visiting to understand the area, and a stroll thru one of the small tracks is always worth it! Some trails are as little as 10-20 mins and worth it. A picnic on the shore while feeding the ducks or the enormous eels in the water is interesting - and if you are crazy enough, you can enjoy jumping off the wharf into the chilly water!! Do be warned to pack insect repelent, as the bugs do enjoy fresh blood. (though there is always a good supply at the local store if need be).

There are many holiday homes to rent in the area, and if you takes a book, movies, and board games as extras..... it is a must see destination of New Zealand. A piece of paradise!!!!

Visited April 2012
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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“A wonder to behold”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

A natural wonder 1.5 hours easy drive from Blenheim or Nelson. A slice of Switzerland right here. Quiet little slice of paradise, wonderful bush walks in natural unspoiled beech forest, Bellbirds and Tuis abound. Wake early or stay up late and experience the "sounds of silence". It's not until you hear nothing that you appreciate what silence really is. The smell of Manuka flowers, the ripple of calm waters on the Lake and wonderfully knowledgable and friendly staff at the DOC Information Centre make this a memorable place to visit and stay a while. Great general store with all you could need. Take some insect repellant as the sand flies are plentiful. Be sure to visit the Interdominational Chapel hidden in the bush with a window behind the alter looking over the Lake. Stay for a service and you will really enjoy the local friendliness of the place - you do not have to be religious to get a tingle down your spine here!!
Just do it, walk it, take the water taxis and wonder why you have not do it before.

Visited March 2012
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Rockhampton, Australia
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“Popular place for lake activities.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We visited the area on our way south and discovered a very scenic and popular place for water sports and activities. We arrived on the weekend to find local markets were happening at Lake Rotoiti. After getting out of our car we were immediately swamped by sand flies so thick that the idea of walking around the local markets in this picturesque spot quickly evaporated. We took a few holiday snaps as quick as possible and jumped back in to the car. Lovely place but for the sand flies!

Visited January 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Beautiful national park for hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

We were fortunate to have perfect weather which really helps. It is a stunning place though. Our family spent a day at St Arnaud, then did a 3 day hike up Mt Robert Ridge, to Angelus Hut, down the Cascade Track to the Travers River, Lakehead Hut and back along Lake Rotoiti to St Arnaud. The second day down the Cascade Track was the hardest day - very steep with a lot of scree. We all had sore feet. But it is very beautiful and worth it. I would recommend a fairly high level of fitness. Other people doing the walk through the reverse way was easier (climbing up scree rather than down). Neither way is that easy.
There is also a camping ground by the lake and some nice easy shorts walks too. Plus other accommodation in the small village.
NB. There are hut fees and the Lake Angelus Hut has to be booked beforehand. Contact DOC (Dept of Conservation).

Visited December 2011
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