Extreme Adventure

Snow Skiing

Rainbow Ski area is approximately 30 - 40 minutes drive from St Arnaud house.

Gold Fossicking

Public gold panning areas in the Nelson Lakes area include Louis and New Creeks.


Deer, chamois, wild pigs, and rabbits can all be found in the Nelson Lakes National Park and surrounding areas.


Trial Flight Vouchers can be purchased from the Nelson Lakes Gliding Club. These give a trial flight for up to 15 minutes, normally from Lake Station Airfield. The vouchers are also an ideal gift for anyone interested in flying or adventure sports. The club usually runs an annual open weekend on the same dates as the Antique and Classic Boat Show (generally in March) at Lake Rotoiti.

For more details, visit the Gliding Club website: http://www.glidingnelson.co.nz/Nelson_Lakes_Gliding_Club/Contact.html or phone 0800 GLIDING (wait for the answer phone message for details of the day’s flying).