An overnight stay at Lake Rotoiti, St Arnard New Zealand.

lake Rotoiti Travel Blog

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Bush Robin Showed us to our Camping site number 21

Lake Rotoiti

For my birthday we took the caravan away to Westport on the West Coast of South Island for a weeks holiday.

Our first night was spent at the beautiful Lake Rotoiti, a very deep cold mountain lake that is much used for speed boat racing and other water sports. The Lake is about 115 Km from Picton where we live, and is about halfway between Picton and Westport our ultimate destination.


There is a small town and settlement at the lake called St Arnard, there are 2 or 3 small shops a garare and a big resort hotel, plus there are 2 very different ski feilds, The Rainbow which is the biggest with all the usual ski lifts and groomed slopes and shops and ski school tutors etc during the winter months,  you can quite easily drive up a narrow mountain road to this ski feild and Mt Robert which you have to tramp up to, there are some small ski pulls but not a lot.

Bush walk path around the lake


 A cheeky little Bush Robin greeted us, a bird seldom seen as it only lives in the Beech forest of which there is plenty around the lake. Our campsite was number 21 same as my birthday! The birds are all banded as they are carefully managed, trying to breed more of these lovely friendly birds.


 The camping ground was completely full by evening, mainly with camper vans. There were many more camper vans both large and small like this one at the camp, all the foreign tourists like camper vans because they can travel at will and stay just anywhere around the country; freedom!


We walked down to the lakes edge and watched the people swimming near the jetty and thought of joining them, but decided against doing so.

Early morning light at Lake Rotoiti.
Glad we did cause when we returned at dusk we stood on the little jetty and watched the giant black eels swimming just where the swimmers had been, there were many more than I managed to photograph, the ducks and swans were not worried by the eels at all.  I have to say that Eels can and do bite, but I think these giants are far too well fed by campers to bother anyone. There are plenty of ducks and swans so the children are often thowing bread in for them.


I went for a lovely cool bush walk among the ferns and native trees; there are lots of lovely walks some short and some that go right around the lake and take all day,I could hear lots of birds singing but didn't see many. We are so lucky in NZ as we have no dangerous animals in our forests, walking is very safe and peaceful.
A lovely restful start for our week’s holiday

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Bush Robin Showed us to our Campin…
Bush Robin Showed us to our Campi…
Bush walk path around the lake
Bush walk path around the lake
Early morning light at Lake Rotoit…
Early morning light at Lake Rotoi…
Ferns and native bush around the l…
Ferns and native bush around the …
Black Swan
Black Swan
Giant Black Eel.
Giant Black Eel.
Small camper Van leaving Camping G…
Small camper Van leaving Camping …
East side of the lake
East side of the lake
lake Rotoiti
photo by: glennisnz