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Lake Rotoiti circuit, Bellbird walk & Honeydew loop track – West Coast

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Highlights

  • South Island, NZ alpine scenery with snow capped peaks and dense bush
  • Sound of bird song in the forest
  • Chance to brave an alpine lake and take a dip (perhaps in a wetsuit)
  • Photogenic and popular with photographers for the contrast between mountains, the lake, jetty and sunset
A black swan floats on Lake Rotoiti. Photo taken with a Minolta SR-2 at 50mm. The black gradient on the left is a result of the mechanical shutter.
Lake Rotoiti

Names such as Bellbird Walk and Honeydew Walk aptly capture the glory of a beech forest alpine walk with a stunning Lake Rotoiti peeking between trees. The lake is within the  Kahurangi National Park, an ancient wilderness area home to some of the oldest rocks, interesting plants and rarest birds in the country. DOC have carefully signposted flora and fauna to assist visitors identify plants and birdlife.

TIP

The jetty at Lake Rotoiti is a favourite instagram spot due to the mountain range directly in front of the jetty. Peer under the jetty at the swarm of eels swimming leisurely underneath waiting for visitors to drop their sandwiches into the lake. The water is chilly even in summer. DOC information check Lake Rotoiti (Kerr Bay) walks.

TIP

In summer water taxis operate creating the option of longer walks and perhaps an overnight stay in a DOC hut.

Various walking lengths with the longest 4.2 km

Be prepared with warm and waterproof clothing. Nelson Lakes National Park is in an alpine area – freezing conditions can occur at any time of year. Insect repellent is strongly recommended.For tips on recommended clothing and supplies check South Island ultimate day walks, what to wear, supplies and fitness required. Remember to check the local weather report before departing.

For tips on recommended clothing and supplies check South Island ultimate day walks, what to wear, supplies and fitness required. Remember to check the local weather report before departing.

Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand
Lake Rotoiti

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