I found this sign (I collect photos of funny or interesting signs from around the world) in the Parking lot of Arthurs' Pass, where our cruise bus was parked for our excursion into the mountains. It reads---"Frosty Boy, Often Licked-Never Beaten"
The Arthurs Pass Visitors Centre is a great opportunity to learn more about the area you are visiting. There are audio-visual displays explaining some of the local history, including the building of the old pass road as well as the new viaduct pass. You can see an old restored coach from the days when Cobb & Co ran a horse-drawn coach service between Christchurch and Greymouth in the 1880's. Looking at the old wooden wheels and the coaches leather suspension, you can imagine how tough the journey would have been back then, especially in bad weather. At the steeper parts of the road, the passengers would be obliged to get out and walk beside the coach, which would be taken down the sharp descents with its brakes full on.
There is also a bookshop and souvenir area, and the visitors centre hires out locator beacons to those tramping the mountains.
Arthur's Pass village is situated in the centre of the park and is 154 km from the city of Christchurch in the east (2 hrs drive) and 100 km from Greymouth in the west. (1.5 hrs drive) .
Although Arthur's Pass Village is a small, it provide a wide rang of services ranging from restaurants, cafes and accommodations, a local store and petrol station, an Visitor Information Centre, Dept of Conservation.
There are plenty of walks, tramps, and mountaineering options to choose from.
The Tranz Alpine train also stops at Arthur's Pass. Regular bus services operate between Greymouth, Hokitika and Christchurch.
The road to the village used to fork, with a ford crossing Avalanche Creek where the road bridge is now. When the ford was flooded, this bridge above it was used.
You may cross this bridge to Avalanche Creek. The staircase nearby leads to the waterfal view point.
The bridge is located just a few mins from the Chapel.
Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre provide lots of useful information on short walks, hiking trip and mountaineering information.
There is a computer terminal which you can use to plan your climbling routes. This is where we found our short walk to the waterfall view point.
In side the Visitor Centre, there is a display of the history of the town and the
To find out more information pls contact:
Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre
P.O. Box 8, Arthur's Pass
Phone: 64 3 318 9211
Fax: 64 3 318 9210
Although Arthur's Pass Chapel is a small building but it is a big landmak in Arthur's Pass Village.
It is also the gateway to the walks and hiking tracks to a few route.