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 this to pick up one of these handy beacons. That way you can make it home safe, and can write about it!
.....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, nipped in the butt...never leave your car unattendend, and I do not mean only the Overseas Tourist. North Islanders forget too often the destructiv behaviour of the Kea.
I fell victim too, just a bit...but I learnt my lesson and stay close to the car now. and if you stay quietly long enough, you get a good fotoshoot ^..^
yeah, I did again,now my spare tyre has a cover, didn't stop him/her either. I feel like a fool !!!
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 guide.......hire a Locator Beacon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! don't ask why, just do it. your life is more worth then US$25.- a day
The weather at Arthur Pass, as in all of NZ, is very changable. Don't think you can out smart it - always take a jacket, even in Summer. The weather can completely change in 10-15 minute, which is really bad if you are on an exposed ridge in the National Park somewhere.
Get the lastest info from the DOC office