Rotoiti Cottage - St Arnaud

Nelson Lakes, St Arnaud

8.7/10 (29 ratings) 139 Guest Comments

#4523 - St Arnaud - Bach or holiday home - Listed Jul 2007


  • 6people (max)
  • 3bedrooms
  • 1bathrooms
  • kids
  • pets
  • smokers

This cosy cottage is nestled in native bush just 5 minutes walk from beautiful Lake Rotoiti, a favorite spot for sailing, fishing, swimming and other watersports. The cottage has a sunroom which looks out to the St Arnaud range close by, rising to 6.000 feet and the lounge a log burner for keeping snug. There is an abundance of short walks and tramps, some of which offer spectacular views. Close by is one of New Zealand’s ‘Land Islands’, being an area where intensive predator control has resulted in an abundance of birdlife.
For the more energised, the park offers a wide range of tramping experience, ranging from short day trips to expeditions of several days with ample alpine experience for those who want it.
There are mountain bike trails, a gliding club, a golf course, and hunting opportunities, all nearby.
Lake Rotoiti is close to Rainbow skifield, the Marlborough wine region, and Nelson. It is under 2 hours drive to the Picton ferry, and under three to Westport airport.
While we allow pets, please note that these are forbidden from the adjacent National Park. The cottage is ‘winterised’ from April to October, requiring tenants to follow a clearly documented list of instructions on arriving and leaving, for draining the water system. There is a well equipped shop in the village, a short walk away.


  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Telecom
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Toddler safe
  • TV

Service level

Linen: Bring your own linen.

Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.



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Special conditions

Prices indicated are per night (for two adults). Children aged 15 or under - no cost. Added charge of $10.00 for each extra person aged 16 or over.
15% discount on stays of 5 nights or more.
Smoking outside only.

Guest Comments (139)

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 Very helpful owner. Delightful cosy older style bach. This was our first experience of a Kiwi bach, from the UK and we loved it . Walked by the lake in the puring rain then came back and lit the log stove, very cosy and full of personal memorabilia. 

 It's the perfect kiwi bach in a great location. Was highly impressed of how family friendly the bach and the town were. We would certainly like to go back. 

 We really enjoyed our stay in this very comfortable & charming bach. Everything you need for a base to explore the surrounding area - plenty of short walks in the beech forest, swimming in the lake and plenty of birdlife. The kids loved seeing the eels at the end of the jetty. 

 Our hosts provided great info about local things to do. Loved our week-long stay at Rotoiti Cottage. The cottage had all the facilities we needed and a fantastic location close to the lake. Recommend kayaking & fishing on the lake, gold panning at Louis Creek and Lyell Creek, plus water taxi to the lake head and walk back (3 hours or so). Hamish is your man at the lake front by the campsite for water activities on the lake. 

 The owner was excellent to communicate with. The bach was clean and tidy when we arrived. It had all we needed for a very relaxing holiday. We are keen to come back. 

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$80+ NZD per night

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Things to do

  • Boat Hire
  • Cafes/Restaurants
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Walks
  • Horse Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snow Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wineries