Arthur's Pass is a small alpine village some 150km from Christchurch on Highway 73, situated in the middle of the Arthur's Pass National Park.

Punchbowl Falls

The village is popular for it's multitude and variance of walks. Short walks take you to spectacular waterfalls, through moss carpeted beech forest and onto fields of alpine plants flowering in the summer months. Day walkers are rewarded with some of the best alpine vistas in the country as they climb up one of four readily obtained summits some 1000 metres above village.

During winter snow blankets the surrounding peaks. Our five local ski resorts are very popular with snow boarders, skiers and ski tourers. Snow craft and avalanche courses are also available at Temple Basin ski field.

Arthur's Pass National Park is probably one of New Zealand's most "undeveloped" parks. Unlike other parks you can still find solitude away from annoying aircraft and crowds.

Lake Mavis

Back country trampers are still catered for with 50 or so huts & bivouacs, and an accessibility not found in other alpine parks. The going is still rough, with unmarked routes and unbridged river crossings being the norm, though tramps can be found to suit a wide range of abilities and fitness levels.

Short Walks

Alpine Flowers
  • Devil's Punchbowl Falls (1hr return)
  • Bridal Veil Falls (1hr return)
  • Avalanche Falls (10min)
  • Bealey Valley (1-3hr return)
  • Arthur's Pass Track (1hr return)
  • Dobson Nature Walk (30min)
  • Temple Basin (2hr return)
  • Otira Valley (1-2hr return)
  • Old Coach Road (1hr)

Day Walks

  • Avalanche Peak (6-8hrs return)
  • Mt Aicken (6-8hrs return)
  • Mt Bealey (6-8hrs return)
  • Mt Cassidy (6-8hrs return)
  • Temple Col (5-7hrs return)
Hamilton Hut


  • Cass - Lagoon Saddle
    (Moderate .. 2-3 days)
  • Casey Hut (Moderate .. 2-3 days)
  • Bealey Spur Hut (Easy .. 1-2 days)
  • Carrington Hut (Moderate .. 2 days)
  • Anti-Crow Hut (Easy .. 1-2 days)
  • Hawdon Hut (Moderate .. 1-2 days)
  • Edwards Hut (Moderate .. 2 days)
  • Carroll Hut (Easy .. 1-2 days)
  • Crow Hut (Medium/Hard .. 1-2 days)
  • Waimakariri Falls Hut (Hard .. 2-3 days)
  • Harper Pass (Hard .. 4-5 days)
  • Tarn Col (Hard .. 2-3 days)
  • Barker Hut (Hard .. 2-3 days)
  • Three Pass Trip (Hard .. 4-5 days)
  • Harman Pass - Julia Hut (Hard .. 3-4 days)
  • Waimak Col - Rolleston River (Very hard .. 3 days)
  • Otehake River (Very hard .. 4-5 days)

Other cool things to do

  • Mountaineering (50 summits)
  • Broken River Cave (Cave Stream Reserve)
  • Bird Watching (Bealey & Otira Valleys)
  • Botany (Dobson Nature Walk)
  • Rock Climbing (Castle Hill)
  • Photography
  • Skiing (5 Ski Fields)
  • Snow Boarding (5 Ski Fields)
  • Ski Touring (Craigieburn Range)

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