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Vacation For A Family At Lake Rotoiti

Updated on October 5, 2016

Lake Rotoiti- Your Perfect Holiday Destination

Lake Rotoiti is a perfect place for your family to spend a holiday. It is affordable and involves no flying to get there if you live in the South Island New Zealand. It will give a family a completely different holiday sensation to Theme parks. What's more, it is a photographers dream world. So don't forget your cameras!!

Take note....the photographs in this hub are all mine, including the waterskiing!!

Lake Rotoiti in More Detail

Lake Rotoiti is situated in the Nelson Lakes National Park which is near the top of the South Island of New Zealand, about an hours drive away from Nelson and Blenheim.

The lake looks like a horseshoe with a tail and is nestled amongst mountain ranges opening up opportunities tor skiers and trampers.

People enjoy a wide range of activities including swimming, boating, fishing, walking, tramping, skiing and just admiring the wonderful surroundings.

There is a variety of accommodation available to suit a wide range of budgets and interests. There include two camping grounds situated at lake level, holiday houses, Alpine Lodge, Bed and Breakfasts, Homestay, chalets, backpackers.

Your family could hire a holiday house for their required time and enjoy the amazing opportunities Lake Rotoiti has to offer.

Let's take a look at what your family could get up to.


The lake is

full of people

enjoying boating

of various types

Life Jackets For The Whole Family - A must for any boating enthusiast


At one end of Kerr Bay there is an area where you can hire canoes for 30 minutes slots or longer at reasonable prices.

The whole family can enjoy playing around on the water and if they haven't canoed before Lake Rotoiti isa great place to learn.

Canoes Galore - Just in case the family want to bring their own.


If your family is lucky enough to hire

a bach with a rowboat then this

gives a great alternative to canoeing.

Rowing can be done any time as


And is suitable for all the family.

Water Taxi

There is a Water Taxi Service which takes people up to the head of the lake to have a look around.

It is commonly used for trampers who begin or end their tramps there.

This would give the keen walkers of your family to enjoy a boat ride and a walk at the same time.

photo The Head of the Lake and Surrounds

Own Boat

If your family have your own motorboat

you could always bring this up on your

trailer and enjoy biscuiting, water skiing,

fishing, picnicking and exploring various

areas of the lake.

The boat can be launched at one of three jetty's.

Two are in Kerr Bay and one is in West Bay.

photo Biscuiting at Lake Rotoiti

Water Skiing at Lake Rotoiti

Mmmmmm......Freshly Caught Trout

If you go fishing at Lake Rotoiti you need a fishing license obtained from the Information Centre.


The keen swimmers of your family can enjoy plenty of swimming fun.

There is a raft you can swim out to and jump or dive off. And marker bouys you can swim around as a guide. Or you can do your own thing.

If your family enjoy swimming then you may own snorkels, masks, lilos as desired by the various family members.

Throwing Stones

The beach is a stone beach and lots of fun can be had by throwing stones in the lake in such a way that they bounce in and out of the water many times.

The aim is to find a flat stone and use a strong wrist motion on the throw so that the stone doesn't immediately sink to the bottom. If you have teenage children then I am guessing that they could be quite good at this.

Make sure you do it away from people and ducks in the water.

photo Stoney Foreshore of Kerr Bay, Lake Rotoiti

Feeding The Ducks

This activity is great for the younger members of your family to do and help clear out the stale bread from the house!!

You will often find that you will make instant friends with swans and seagulls as well!!

Suntan Lotion - For Healthy Sun Protection

Your Family will need to remember to apply lots of suntan lotion for all their outdoor summer adventures.


There is a small play area

for the youngsters,

big and small, to enjoy.

This one is situated down

at Kerr Bay which is

one of the bays in the

horseshoe part of the lake.

It consists of a slide area,

as seen in the photo

and a couple of swings

next door to the right.

There is trampoline

and slide

by the Alpine Lodge,

opposite the main shop

and off the main road.

Rock Antics

There are rocks near

the Kerr Bay playground

which the children

can have fun with.


There are fabulous short walks around the area ranging from about fifteen minutes upwards.

The paths are well graded and it is great opportunity to look at the native vegetation and enjoy the native birds singing like the Bellbird and Tui.

You just take it at your own pace. So Mr and Mrs can walk slowly with her youngsters and the teenagers could take on a faster speed.

Some people have been known to run these fabulous tracks to keep up their fitness levels.

There had been a storm prior to this photo being taken, causing some branches to cover this track leading up Black Hill.

Rock and Vegetation - Black Hill

Whiskey Falls

A boat ride or a lakeside

walk can take you to a

jetty on the tail segment

of the lake.

From there you can walk

up the hill in the bush

for about 10 minutes

and see a waterfall

called Whisky Falls.

Walking Shoes For The Whole Family - Your Family will need these for any Outdoor Explorations


If your family are keen trampers then you could go further afield.

There are many huts which you can stay at overnight. As mentioned before, you can take a water taxi to the head of the lake ( or you can walk ) and tramp up the valley to a variety of different huts.

Or you can drive to the carpark of Mount Robert and start a variety of different tramps from there.

photo on Mount Robert towards the ridge-line

~ you can turn left slightly further up at the little ridge above the hut and walk across the top and down the other side.

~ Or you can carry up to the higher ridge, turn right and tramp along it to Lake Angelus and more.

Reflection at Lake Angelus

There are other tramps in the Nelson Lakes National Park and surrounding areas.

Your family can get information on all of this at the Information Centre. And if they are keen, this is where they register their intentions and pay a fee for the hut use.

Enjoying The Holiday House

Your family can just chill at the holiday house. You can bring entertainment from home , like musical instruments if you play, DVDs, CDs, crafts, painting or whatever they are into. Or enjoy what the house has to offer.

Games and Jigsaws

Many holiday houses have a range of games and jigsaw puzzles to do. The whole family can enjoy a game of yahtzee, boggle, pictionary, game of life or any card game of their choice like happy family's. Or small groups of 2 or more can enjoy games like mastermind and battleships.

After tea is a great chance to enjoy family games . Or on those rainy, windy days where you just want to enjoy being inside.

Someone in the family may enjoy relaxing with a jigsaw, such as the WASGIJ seen in the photo.

Playing games or doing jigsaw puzzles are great holiday fun. It could be something your family doesn't do during year as part of their usual daily routine.

Games and Jigsaws - For Indoor Holiday Entertainment

Other Indoor Fun

Relaxing With Television

Find out if the bach you are hiring has a DVD player . Bring DVD's up to suit the whole family. And enjoy.


If you are into reading, there is no better place than on a comfy chair or sofa at the hired holiday house at Lake Rotoiti.

Crafts, Drawing and Painting

These activities can be brought from home if any family member is into them. There can be plenty of time for relaxing in this way.


Cooking may be a great way to relax. Maybe one of the kid's is a closet chef. Holiday time gives one plenty of time to have fun in the kitchen.

Eating Out

It may be nice to buy a meal instead of cooking. You can buy fish and chips at the main shop on most summer nights. And then there is the cafe and Alpine Lodge across the road for two alternatives of differing price range.

Indoor Entertainment Products


With all the activities mentioned and

beautiful surroundings there is plenty

of scope for some amazing photography.

You can go wild.

photo Travers Valley from Head of Lake Rotoiti

Canon PowerShot G9 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Canon PowerShot G9 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

I have this camera and most of the photos in this lens were taken from it. It has lots of functions , so if you like to spend the time getting the perfect photo then this is the camera for you.


Rivers from Lake Rotoiti

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Mouth of The Buller River which flows out of Lake Rotoiti from West Bay.Black Valley Stream which is beside a short 15 minute walk between the lake and the shopping - accommodation areas.
Mouth of The Buller River which flows out of Lake Rotoiti from West Bay.
Mouth of The Buller River which flows out of Lake Rotoiti from West Bay.
Black Valley Stream which is beside a short 15 minute walk between the lake and the shopping - accommodation areas.
Black Valley Stream which is beside a short 15 minute walk between the lake and the shopping - accommodation areas.

Go Forth and Try

You won't regret it

Lake Rotoiti is a great spot

for a holiday.

You can do as little or as

much as you like with all

that it has to offer.

I truly recommend you

Go Forth and Try.

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