This weekend RealSwim Adventure is located at St Arnaud, the gateway to Nelson Lakes National Park. The national park is situated in the north of New Zealand’s South Island. The park encompasses 102,000 hectares on New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The park offers tranquil beach forest, craggy mountains, clear streams as well as big and small lakes.
The lakes are clean, deep and clear and offer the opportunity to sportive swim in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations.
Accommodation for the basic trip cost are private shared or own rooms are also available – see booking options. Please let us know your arrival time if you do not require transport and please be there no later than 3pm on the Friday.
Food: RealSwim Adventures will supply continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday and snacks and drinks during and
immediately following each swim. Lunch and dinner meals are not included in the trip. All meals are available at our accommodation. There is also a general store located immediately across the road.
Getting there: Flights are not included in Nelson Lakes RealSwim Adventure. Air New Zealand is our recommended travel partner. You can fly into Nelson or Blenheim airports. Ask us if you need some advice with travel.
Please note this trip is limited to 10 people
Friday. Arrival and check in at The Alpine Lodge with our friendly hosts Leighton and Alexandra. Please let us know your arrival details. Please plan on being there by 3pm. That afternoon we’ll have introductions, a discussion on swim procedures and a short acclimatisation swim.
Saturday. Up early to catch our transport boat. An 8am departure up the head of Lake Rotoiti for the swim back. Three are two normal options of swim; 3.5km finishing at Whiskey falls or much further with some choosing to swim the entire 7.8km lake tip to tip. The actual swim is dictated by the weather and the group – there are numerous options. After the swim we’ll have the afternoon to enjoy the Nelson Lakes Summer Festival.
Sunday. We check out of our accommodation at 8am and drive the 30 minutes to beautiful Lake Rotoroa for a morning 3-4kmkm swim starting from around Boulder Stream. Let us know if you require transport to Rotoroa when you book this RealSwim Adventure. This day is also our back up for Rotoiti if weather means we cannot swim Rotoiti on day 2. After our swim we head back to St Arnaud for a lunch and farewells.
2020 dates now available to book! – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest in 2021 dates
24 January 2020
26 January 2020
Booking Terms and Conditions
- A deposit is required to confirm your RealSwim booking.
- Full payment is required for a booking less than 60 days from the start date.
- Deposits are not refunded.
- . Read full T’s & C’s https://www.realswimadventures.com/terms-conditions/
- RealSwim Adventures will supply you with a high visibility swim hat
- Other essential equipment – You will need gear for all conditions
- Reef shoes or sandals
- Insect repellent – especially for Lake Rotoroa!
- Rain Jacket
- Sun Screen
- Sun Hat
- Sun Glasses
- Goggles x 2, clear and tinted
- Drink Bottle
- Swim Suits and wetsuits
- Warm Garments/Fleece
- Shorts and light long trousers (to keep the Mozzies at bay after the swim at Rotoroa)
- Walking Shoes
- Two Towels
What is the climate like?
St Arnaud in Nelson Lakes enjoys a temperate climate. Feb and March are statistically driest. It may be sunny, it may rain. Be prepared for both. Lake Water Temperatures are refreshing; Rotoiti averages 15C/16C but we have had 20C, Rotoroa is similiar. Please bring a wetsuit if you think you’ll need one.
What food is provided?
RealSwim Adventures will supply continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday and snacks and drinks during and immediately following each swim. Meals are not included in the trip. All meals are available at our accommodation. There is also a general store located immediately across the road.
What other activities are available?
There are lovely walking tracks around the village and lake – bring your walking shoes. There is also bike hire and the Department of Conservation guest centre. Note that the entire population of St Arnaud township is around 442 residents.
What is the currency in New Zealand?
The unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted.
What banking facilities are available?
There is an ATM at St Arnaud at the general store but experience dictates it is probably a good idea to carry some cash.
What is the electricity in New Zealand?
240v / 50Hz is standard. USA and UK visitors you will require converters.
What transport is available?
Everything is walking distance in Rotoiti. On Sunday we drive the 30 minutes to Lake Rotoroa.
Is Nelson Lakes safe?
The weather is probably the biggest hazard in the national park. It can change quickly and can be unpredictable. If you decide to go for a walk on your won please make sure someone knows where you are going. Take some warm clothing, food and water. Ask for advice beforehand and make sure you have a map. Swimming outside of our organised events is not recommended by RealSwim Adventures staff. A safe and fun weekend is easily achieved with a little preparation and common sense.
We will be staying in the Alpine Lodge.
Shared standard room $470 NZD per person
Own standard room $620 NZD per person