Nelson Lakes National Park, NZ

Nelson Lakes National Park

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Park Details

Nelson Lakes National Park was established in 1959, and has a total area of 251,751 acres (393 square miles, or 1,019 square kilometers).

Address View Road, St Arnaud, South Island, 7072
Entrance FeeFree
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When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Nelson Lakes National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Nelson Lakes National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Nelson Lakes National Park are January, February, March & April.

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Avg Temp626360554944424245485258
Max Temp747471655953505154596570
Avg Temp474845423935333334374044
Min Temp353734322825232122242934
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Nelson Lakes National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Nelson Lakes National Park is visited.

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Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Nelson Lakes National Park.

Kahurangi National Park96 km
Paparoa National Park101 km
Arthur’s Pass National Park130 km
Westland Tai Poutini National Park263 km
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park266 km
Egmont National Park318 km
Whanganui National Park353 km
Abel Tasman National Park393 km
Tongariro National Park393 km

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Nelson Lakes National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
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Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Nelson Lakes National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Nelson Lakes National Park.

Christchurch International AirportCHCChristchurch, 171 km
Wellington International AirportWLGWellington, 192 km
Auckland International AirportAKLAuckland, 579 km
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Nelson Lakes National Park.

Nelson AirportNSNNelson, 87 km
Westport AirportWSZ, 91 km
Woodbourne AirportBHEBlenheim, 112 km
Hokitika AirfieldHKK, 161 km
Timaru AirportTIU, 286 km
Wanganui AirportWAGWanganui, 298 km
Palmerston North AirportPMR, 307 km

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.