Festival HQ will be at the Lake Rotoiti Community Hall in St Arnaud, where daily briefings and evening functions will be held. From the Festival HQ, it is a short walk to the closest campground and the Lake Rotoiti boat ramp.
Things to do in St Arnaud
The small town of St Arnaud (population 400) sits on the shores of Lake Rotoiti. It is the main gateway to the Nelson Lakes National Park. It is a stunning place, with good mountain biking, hiking, and of course canyoning. Some of New Zealand’s best kayaking is just down the road at Murchison (1 hours drive). Webcam of Lake Rotoiti.
There is a limited range of accommodation available in St Arnaud. The Festival is being held over a public holiday/long weekend, so expect accommodation and flights to book out quickly.
You will need to arrange your own transport to St Arnaud and the canyons.
There is cell phone coverage in St Arnaud, but not at the head of Lake Rotoiti or at the base of Mt Owen, where some of the canyons are.
There is petrol and fast food available at St Arnaud.
Food and drinks will NOT be available for purchase at the Festival HQ, but you are free to bring your own. You are allowed to bring your own alcoholic drinks. There will be some cooking facilities at the hall, but we recommend you eat beforehand or bring takeaways. There is a store in St Arnaud but it is very small, so you’re better off doing your shopping in a larger town before arriving. The only evening takeaway available is Fish and Chips. The Clinker Cafe serves lunches during the day. The Alpine Lodge serves sit down dinners.