Arthur's Pass National Park Travel Guide

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Arthur's Pass National Park Highlights

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     Remote.... and adventure is right there. 

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     During the colder months, you'll probably have to take the train 

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     The further from the road - the better it is.... 

Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

  • Castle Hill

    Look familiar? Castle Hill was the site of the battle scens in the movie 'Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. It is in a privately owned station on the road from Christchurch across Arthur's Pass. It is a popular spot for 'bouldering' - climging over the huge limestone boulders. Limestone from this region was used in the...

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  • The Arthur's Pass Road

    On leaving Arthur's Pass State Highway 73 runs through Otira Gorge over the Otira Viaduct. After climbing down from the mountains you have a choice. Follow SH 73 along the Taramakau River to Kamara Junction and the intersection with SH 6 along the West coast. OR Take the turn to the right into Lake Brunner Road which takes you past picturesque...

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  • Arthur's Pass Village

    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"

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  • Tramping in Arthur's Pass NP

    It rained on our Arthur's Pass hike maybe half the time, but we still got some rays coming through, and hey, when you are there from USA only for the day, you take what you can get and be happy! My son and I had pretty much won a 2 week trip to Australia/NZ and this was part of our cruise excursions....Wonderful clean air, waterfall views, we even...

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  • The road from Arthur's Pass to the West

    On leaving Arthur's Pass State Highway 73 runs through Otira Gorge over the Otira Viaduct. After climbing down from the mountains you have a choice.Follow SH 73 along the Taramakau River to Kamara Junction and the intersection with SH 6 along the West coast. ORTake the turn to the right into Lake Brunner Road which takes you past picturesque Lake...

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  • Otira Viaduct Lookout

    After leaving Arhtur's Pass township traveling west there is a lookout on the left. From here you can get a great view of the Otira Gorge and the new viaduct. What an amazing piece of engineering. It takes much time off the journey for big trucks and is much safer.The lookout is also a favourite haunt of the cheeky mountain parrot - the Kea. He...

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  • The Road from Christchurch

    State Highway 73 goes from Christchurch over Arthur's Pass to Kumara Junction where it meets State Highway 6 along the West Coast. It follows the Waimakariri River for a stage then continues west as the river comes from the north-west. Passing Castle Hill and Lake Pearson it again joins the Waimakariri Valley before crossing it to reach Arthur's...

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  • Castle Hill

    Look familiar? Castle Hill was the site of the battle scens in the movie 'Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. It is in a privately owned station on the road from Christchurch across Arthur's Pass. It is a popular spot for 'bouldering' - climging over the huge limestone boulders. Limestone from this region was used in the...

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  • Otira Gorge & viaduct

    The Otira Gorge is west of Arthur's Pass. It is a steep gorge and until recently was only able to be traversed by a narrow winding road that was dangerous due to land slips and avalanches. The Otira Viaduct was completed in 1999. The road features an avalanche protection tunnel and passes under a diverted waterfall. Just out of the Arthur's Pass...

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Arthur's Pass National Park Restaurants

  • Wobbly Kea

    Across from the General Store is a sign that says 'Oscar's Haus'. It is the home of the Wobbly Kea Cafe and Bar. Oscar Coberger was one of the original settlers to the area and made his name as a mountian guide. The name caught my eye as I have a Burmese cat called Oscar. For more about Oscar click on the history link on the website below. We only...

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  • Don't Let the Kea Eat your Lunch!

    If you want to get a hot lunch on your trip out to Arthur's Pass, then you will likely want to stop in at the Wobbly Kea in the middle of the village. There are only two or three choices in town, but this one seemed spacious enough to hold us for a few minutes as we sat down and stayed warm with a cup of coffee. Due to the slightly cool time of...

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  • Cosy lunches

    Slap bang in the middle of Arthurs Pass village, the Wobbly Kea cafe serves cosy meals and great coffee in a comfortable atmosphere. The walls are hung with local artwork and it is one of those places you feel good about being inside when the weather outside is cold, wet and wintery. A great place, I enjoyed our long, lazy Sunday lunch here.AS well...

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Arthur's Pass National Park Nightlife

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    by mountainpoet Written May 29, 2003

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    Ok - you can pay alot of money to see Glow-worms but in Arthurs Pass they are just along the side of the road. If you are there for a night - go for a walk, head out the main road east, past the police station - keep walking.
    Be very aware of any traffic and get off the road if a car comes - they wont' see you or expect you!
    Keep walking the road slowly turns right. Turn off your torch (flashlight - to the non locals), On the right side of the road there are some glowworms on the side of the bank.
    No!!! turn OFF the Flashlight - your eyes need to adjust. And please don't touch them - it's kills ems.

    Dress Code: Maybe a rain coat, and a torch.

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Arthur's Pass National Park Transportation

  • Coast to Coast Shuttle

    I have used this company an couple of times and think they are great. The Bus goes from Christchurch to Greymouth/Hokitika -- passing through Arthurs Pass. They pass give a great commentary along the Journeys and are really friendly.

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  • Rent the Car...

    Most likely if you are on your way to Arthur's Pass, you are combining this trip with a continued journey to the West Coast of the South Island. In this case, you really only have two transportation options, riding the rail, or taking a car. We chose to rent the car, as our plans included heading down to the south and Queenstown after our trip...

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  • Nearest Airport - Christchurch

    CHC airport is pretty simple and easy to navigate. We came in on a flight from Melbourne and had little trouble clearing customs, collecting our baggage and getting on the road. We flew in on Qantas, but there are plenty of choices when flying to CHC.The following airports service CHC:Air New ZealandQantas AirlinesSingapore AirlinesPacific...

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Arthur's Pass National Park Shopping

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    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 2, 2008

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    Since we had a bit of a drive left ahead of us this trip, we decided to stop in at the Arthur's Pass Store on our way out of town for a few sundry items and a snack or two for the road. This was your typical small town store, carrying just a bit of everything you ever wanted, and a few of the things you need.

    What to buy: We picked up some chips and drinks for the road trip, as well as a couple dessert type items.

    What to pay: Slightly more expensive than a convience store in Christchurch, but it was convienent to us at the time.

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Arthur's Pass National Park Local Customs

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    Kea is waiting at State Highway 73

    by pepples46 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    yes, the Bird...the Alpine Parrot, called KEA...( Nestor notabilis ) he is at home at Arthur's Pass National Park, and they are the Kings or Queens for that matter. they are smart and they know it too.
    they are like no other bird in the world. years ago, the BBC made a research, who is the smartes animal........the KEA came out on top, not only just.......no, by miles.
    if you like to know more about these checky locals and other native birds to New Zealand...website below

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Arthur's Pass National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning Beacons

    You know that you may be headed into some trecherous terrain when at the visitor's center, you have the option of getting a locator beacon before trekking off into the mountains. Arthur's Pass is a busy "jump off point" for many hikers heading out into the picturesque mountains around this area, so make sure if you are taking off on a hike like...

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  • the Locals...again

    .....and that's what they up too, I discribed it in all of my NZ pages, I think.Kea's love Rubber, all kinds, all sorts of Rubber. they will rip your car apart in no time, all Rubber bits that is.when a car pulls into town, with obvious Rubber damage, we mostly know where it comes from and mostly know...ah, an other Tourist learnt its lesson,...

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  • information is everything

    every year, tourists, travellers, hikers from all over the World and NZ, get lost in the National Park and the Mountains.if you are using the tracks, especially those overnite hikes, make sure you are well equipped, better....use a guide. you can arrange everything through the Visitor Center at the Village. and if you decide against a...

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Arthur's Pass National Park What to Pack

  • Bring along your camera tripod

    Though the aluminium tripod that I had was pretty light, the desire of not bringing this cumbersome equipment hovered in my mind. Remember that there are more sheeps than people in New Zealand. Hope you get my drift! :)

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  • as I said..the ....moody Arthur's Pass

    if you take a drive from Christchurch to the West Coast and use the Pass as Passage way, no worries, chuck everthing in the car and of you go. but if you decide to stay at the Village for hiking and mountaineering.....take note!! Hiking boots, waterproof coat and trousers, fleece or wool Jacket, cloves, hat, thermal underwear!! what ever you used...

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Arthur's Pass National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Head into Christchurch

    If you are looking to get away from it all while in Arthur's Pass, I may recommend that you try going into the big city of Christchurch for the day. When the fresh mountain air becomes too much, there are always the smells of fresh coffee or Monteith's waiting for you in ChCh. If the refreshing river through the pass is too much, you can always...

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  • bushwalks

    many bushwalks to be had at Arthur's Pass, but be careful, dress accordingly and tell someone where you going and when you might be back......more under warnings.right by the Church, shortly before you arrive in the Village, at the lefthand, when coming from Christchurch, there is a walk that takes you around 1/2 hours and you can pass under a...

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  • Keas - naughty and nice

    Arthur's Pass is one of the best palces in New Zealand to see Keas in the wild. Just out of town heading west is a lookout over the Otira Goge and the new viaduct. Within one minute of stopping here the birds were showing interest in our car and definite interest in my camera.They are a medium sized parrot with olive green feathers with a thin...

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  • Great Spotted Kiwis

    Arthur's pass has a healthy population of keas (the largest parrot) which are not shy or timid in the slightest. Without a doubt, they will find you, your car and come to see what you may have to eat.But the more elusive bird, the Great Spotted Kiwi or 'roroa', is the one which should get the attention and protection. The park, and even the town...

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  • Orange Rocks!

    One of the most beautiful portions of our trip to Arthur's Pass National Park were the Orange Rocks that were all over the place. Although I am not sure what made the rocks turn this color, it really does make for a stunning color. You will see these rocks at a lot of different stops along the way, especially at the scenic view points. If someone...

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