For those who seek an easy stroll, several pleasant short walks are available...
Black Valley (30min) - Glacial deposits, forest, stream canyon
Peninisula Nature Walk (1hr 30min) - Alpine Fault, Native Plants, Lake shore
Black Hill (1hr 30min) - Kanuka & manuka stands, Beech Forest, Volcanic Rock Mound, views.
Moraine Walk (1hr 30min) - Glacial Moraine Piles, Traverse around Black Hill, "Kettle Ponds"
Anglers Walk (1hr 30min) - Buller River, Forest
Loop Track (1hr 30min) - Rock Terraces, Lake Rotoiti
For those with more time & energy, several rewarding full-day walks begin at Saint Arnaud...
Mount Robert (5hr return) - Spectacular Views, Forest, Shelter & Hut
St Arnaud Range (5hr return) - Beech Forest, Spectacular Views
Lake Rotoiti Circuit (6-9hr) - The Lake, Huts, Travers River, Swingbridge crossing
Whisky Falls (5hr return) - Manuka & Beech Forest, beautiful 40m waterfall
Tramping in the Nelson Lakes area is some of the best, and most scenic "raw" walks in the South Island (apart from Arthur's Pass ofcourse). There is not room here to describe them in detail, however look for such tramps as Travers Valley, Lake Angelus, Mount Angelus, Travers Saddle and Matakitaki Valley as being some of its delights.
From May to October alpine tramping experience is absolutely necessary!!!!!!!
A ROUGH GUIDE TO...
St Arnaud has a good cross-section of accommodation styles - with lodges, homestays, budget backpacker, B & B, and the National Park Camp being available.
St Arnaud is a little bigger than Arthur's Pass Village, but services are still limited. Groceries are expensive, and banking may not be possible. The National Park Visitor Centre is in St Arnaud.