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Saint Arnaud

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Saint Arnaud
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Car

State Highway 63 leads from Marlborough on the east coast to the West Coast. Traveling east, Picton (1 3/4 hours), Blenheim (1 hour 20 minutes), Renwick (70 minutes) and Wairau Valley township (35 minutes). Traveling west Kawatiri Junction (15 minutes), Murchison (40 minutes) and Westport (2 hours 10 minutes). There are two main ways to get to St Arnaud From Nelson. The quickest is traveling through Richmond and Wakefield on State Highway 6. The turnoff is 10 minutes past Wakefield and St Arnaud is signposted through to the village. The road intersects with State Highway 63 two minutes east of the village. Otherwise, State Highway 6 continues to Kawatiri Junction which is the end of State Highway 63.

By Bus

Nelson Lakes Shuttles run both scheduled and unscheduled services to St Arnaud from Picton, Blenheim, Nelson and other destinations. Specalising in transport for hikers and other out door enthusiasts, they can pick you up from the end of walking tracks as well as offering a conventional bus service. Southern Link K Bus operates a daily shuttle between Christchurch and Nelson via Murchison and St Arnaud. During the ski season, daily shuttles run from Blenheim, Nelson and Mouteka to the Rainbow Ski Field, the turn-off for which is 5 minutes drive from St Arnaud township.

Key places to visit
Department of Conservation Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre, The Rainbow Rage


Places to Visit

Department of Conservation Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre

8.00am to 4.30pm with extended hours in summer. Informative dioramas, displays, audiovisual display, updated track and weather information and advice.

The Rainbow Rage

An annual bike ride from St Arnaud to the hot springs of Hanmer Springs scheduled for 15 March 2008. 108 km through spectacular scenery.

Right Time to Visit

January - April
October - December


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