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Arthur's Pass

Arthurs Pass, spectacular scenery

Set in the heart of the Southern Alps, west of Christchurch, Arthur's Pass is the name of the area's magnificent alpine national park, village and highway.

It is pure New Zealand in its diversity and accessibility. It is characterised by scenic valleys and ravines, snow-capped peaks and striking waterfalls.

The diversity of the area is well marked with the east being home to dry beech forests and wide, shingle-filled riverbeds, the west being home to fertile rainforest and beyond the bushline, snow tussock and alpine meadows filled with wild flowers. The highway and railway run through the middle.

The area is most popular for its tracks and walks. There is something for everyone from half hour family strolls through beach forest to challenging climbs to a mountain summit. The great network of walks are well-signposted and there are over 30 backcountry huts and basic shelters within the park. There are also basic camping facilities at most entry points to the park.

The park also has limited mountain bike trails with some outstanding scenery.

Just two hours drive from Christchurch, the township of Arthur's Pass provides a general store, a petrol station, cafes and a wide range of accommodation.

Tranz Alpine scenic railroad journeys over Arthur's Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Skifields - non-commercial club skifield with an onsite lodge, with terrain varying from gentle beginner slopes to hair-raising challenges for experts.

The kea (inquisitive alpine parrot) and, more rarely, the great spotted kiwi/roroa may be seen playing in the beautiful podocarp rainforest, among the red-flowering rata and flourishing understorey of shrubs, ferns and mosses. The national park and its rivers are home to a whole host of wonderful birds and flora.

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