We went to the Nelson Lakes for a few days over Easter and had a stop at St Arnaud a little community at Lake Rotoiti which is part of Nelson lakes
A classic little steam boat dropped off some tourists
Another end of Lake Rotoiti. The Lakes are beautiful. The only problem is you get eaten by the sand- flies. We were supposed to be armed with bug spray but the bottle was hidden in the suitcase on the first day so we did develop some bumps on arms and legs
We stayed for 3 nights at the Rotoroa lake which is part of Nelson lakes national Park as well. Lake Rotoroa is completely surrounded by Beech forest. Rotoroa is Maori for "Long lake" It is popular for trout fishing and there is a big hunting, fishing and adventure lodge at the start with this view.
If you don't like fishing you can go for a canoe trip of course (bring your own)
We were hiding in the chalet on the left. No TV, Internet or cellphone coverage here, but being in a piece of paradise we didn't miss it at all.
The view from our little house for 3 days. This view continuously changed by the light and the fog. Gorgeous
Of course we went for a walk in the bush with many ferns and a mossy beech forest floor. The men went up further to a waterfall but my friend has knee problems so we stuck to the flat forest floor.
A quick walk to the Lake at night for some evening shots
and another and ..................
On the last day we drove first to the West Coast before heading home. You see many Easter island head like carvings on the West coast. They must have come from this shop.
In Greymouth there was plenty of driftwood. They even build a fort from it.
After picking up some nice pieces of driftwood, one more view from the window in the fort. Then fill up the car with Stairway to Heaven from Led Zeppelin and Air from Bach and drive back home through paradise