Nelson Lakes Nature Recovery at Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park is the place to see conservation in action and the results of an intensive pest trapping and eradication program.
Nelson Lakes Nature Recovery – on leaving the city limits this journey touches on the scientific history through the discoveries of Sir Ernest Lord Rutherford – Father of the Atom, then the pioneering endeavours of the early road and railway developers at Kawatiri Junction.
The scenic drive continues to Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park which protects the northern section of the Southern Alps. During the Ice Age, massive glaciers gouged out basins in the mountainous headwaters of the Buller River to form a series of alpine lakes.
The steep, craggy and bare-faced mountains and shingle fans lend a dramatic atmosphere to the park but at their base near the lake we take a gentle walk through beautiful beech forest which is the perfect place to see conservation in action and the results of an intensive pest trapping and eradication program.
You will experience the vivid birdsong and the rejuvenated forest understory returning to its pre-European condition that has allowed the re-introduction of kiwi & kaka and improved the breeding conditions of robins, tomtits and rifleman, New Zealand’s smallest bird, as well as other birds and insects.