We are now closed until July 5th for a well deserved break, please still put through any booking request for beyond this date, there may be a delay in the response of up to 10 days.
Nelson Lakes Motels - St Arnaud Nelson Lakes National Park

Frequently Asked Questions

 Although we are animal lovers, we boundary the Nelson Lakes National Park, strictly no pets allowed.

Yes. If you use it, we do require you to clean it.

The check out time of 10am is important, as we allow folk to book in at the early time of 1pm we need the time to prepare for the next guests.


  • The St Arnaud Alpine Store, has takeaway food plus a café menu and fantastic coffee.
  • The Alpine Lodge caters for breakfast, lunch, dinner and take away pizzas.

Please phone 03 5211 869 if you wish to book a table.

  • The Alpine Store Fish n Chip Shop is generally open on weekends.
  • The Clinker Café is open throughout the day only, please contact directly for opening hours and for private functions. Phone 03 5211 040

All just a 5 minute walk from our Nelson Lakes Motels and the Travers-Sabine Lodge.

No. The closest medical centre is Wakefield (45 Minutes), Blenheim and Nelson are both 1 hour away. Please dial 111 in an emergency

Mountain biking is not allowed in the National Park.

However there are a lot of opportunities to bike on conservation land outside the boundary of the National Park and in the district around St.Arnaud.

A lot of new tracks have been formed, from easy to extreme in the Teetotal and Red Hills areas.

There is also a new track that links the village to Teetotal through Big Bush.

The ski area is a 40 minute drive from Nelson Lakes Motels and the Travers-Sabine Lodge along state highway 63.

The Rainbow road is a private road that runs through the Rainbow Station, please be aware of stock on the road and drive to the conditions.

Please see for more information on Rainbow Ski Field or for enquiries about shuttle services to the field phone 03 521-1861.


You will need to organise these before you come to St.Arnaud.

During the winter you MUST carry chains at all times if you wish to drive to the Rainbow Ski field.

Lake Rotoroa is only 47km from Nelson Lakes Motels and the Travers-Sabine Lodge.

Yes absolutely, our Travers – Sabine Lodge is the perfect option for larger groups that wish to have an exclusive booking. Please click on Travers-Sabine Lodge button for tariffs and further information.

No Charge if cancelled by noon two days prior to arrival date, cancellation after this may, at our discretion, incur a charge equal to the total tariff.

No charge if cancelled 30 days before arrival date, after this date all cancellations may,  at our discretion, incur a charge equal to the total tariff.

Yes, we have a portable cot available, this will need to be booked ahead. If you bring your own portable cot with bedding, your child stays free.

Yes all motel units and family cottages are self – contained. The Travers-Sabine Lodge has a large fully equipped kitchen and dining area.

We have two washing machines and two dryers that are coin operated. (A $1 and a $2 coin for each machine) We also have washing lines, pegs and an ironing board for your use.

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The ideal Solution for Schools, Universities, Big Groups & that Family Get together.