Saint Arnaud Range

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For the national park in Australia, see St Arnaud Range National Park.
The mountains seen from the west across Lake Rotoiti
Alpine area just west of the St Arnaud Range

The Saint Arnaud Range is a mountain range in the central north of New Zealand's South Island. It lies between Lake Rotoiti and the upper reaches of the Wairau River, and marks the eastern boundary of Nelson Lakes National Park.

The lower elevations are covered primarily in beech forests, while higher elevations (above about 5,000 feet) are alpine.


The St Arnaud track ascends the western side of the range from the village of Saint Arnaud (about 3 hours climb).[1]

The Rainbow Ski Area is on the eastern side of the range.


  1. ^ [1] Department of Conservation.

Coordinates: 41°54′S 172°52′E / 41.900°S 172.867°E / -41.900; 172.867