Activities at the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project

Bird and wildlife watching

Trampers on a boardwalk, Lake Rotoiti. Image: C Rudge.
Trampers on a boardwalk, Lake Rotoiti

The recovery project's beech forest is alive with the sights and sounds of birds. Bellbirds chime a constant chorus, fantails can be seen flitting from tree to tree and increasingly the screech of the kaka can be heard ringing out.

Track & walks

There are a number of walks, of varying lengths, leading off from the campground and weaving through the forest. Walks go past colourful information panels that tell the story of the project and the flora and fauna within it.

The Bellbird Walk is a wheelchair-accessible pathway that takes about 15 minutes. About 45 minutes should be allowed for the Honeydew Walk while the Loop Track goes even further into the forest and takes about an hour and a half. The DOC Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre also has interesting and informative displays on the project.


Find out more


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Nelson/Tasman places



Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
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