Located near the northern end of New Zealand's South Island, the Nelson Lakes National Park is based around a series of stunningly panoramic lakes and mountains. The two lakes of note in the park are Lake Rotoroa and Lake Rotoiti, both of which benefit from backdrops of rugged peaks. From here, there are numerous hiking tracks, from short hops to lengthy excursions like the Travers-Sabine Circuit, an 80 km (50 mile) journey for our in-shape adventurers that traverses river valleys and even braves an alpine pass. There are a few full day hikes of Lake Rotoiti that are well worth the time, including the lake circuit, the 40 meter (131 foot) Whisky Falls, and the Parachute Rocks and Mount Robert summits.
Kayaking, canoeing, and boating are also popular on the lakes, while water-skiing is permitted on Lake Rotoiti. If fishing is your style, you'll be privy to plenty of trout in the area. Also, there are a number of mountain biking trails that shadow the Buller River just north of the park limits, but you'll find that off-road biking is not allowed within the conservation area.
The nearest city is Nelson to the north (under an hour and a half drive), while the main park office and entrance point is located in the village of St. Arnaud. For further information on activities, preparation, and much more, browse the Department of Conservation site and our other included links.