Temple Basin Ski Area
Temple Basin Ski Area
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Temple Basin is an amazing ski area in the middle of New Zealand's Southern Alps, in Arthurs Pass National Park.It's Club-based which means it's all about fun and good times. International press has rated it one of the best snowboarding areas in the world. It's not for the faint hearted, because there is a hike up the hill but once there the accommodation is right beside the lifts
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ReggieLombard
Dubai, United Arab Emirates541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
A three hour hike up and down. Not a hike to have your hands in your pocket as you need to keep your balance in the stones.

First km was a large path with smaller stones that do tend to slip and slide . A bit of scrambling to climb up some of the rocks

Needed at times to keep an eye out for the little plastic red/orange markers to make sure that I stayed to the route .

There are a couple of cabins at the top but were closed
Written 12 March 2023
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rchrdjck
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
Temple is full of amazing, challenging terrain for those who like to earn their turns. Don't come here expecting groomed runs and chairlifts, but if you're after uncrowded, ungroomed, unadulterated big mountain terrain this is the spot - the lack of an access road and rope tows is a great filter.

It's about a 45 min walk up to the base if you are moderately fit. There is a goods lift for your gear 600m or so down the road (check operational hours on the website), but keep your poles for the walk up.

Accommodation is fairly rustic (think bunk rooms) but very welcoming (great people), the food is great and the bar is well stocked. Check the events calandar on the website, there's often things happening on the weekends during the season, gigs and whatnot. Make sure you book your stay in advance as the beds in the lodges are limited.

Outside of the ski season it's nice enough as a walk, gets you up into the hills pretty quick, but there are other good walks in the area that aren't half 4x4 tracks.
Written 23 September 2019
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Bryan
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
Walked the track in late September. Short but really tough walk.
The last 200 meters is covered by ice so proper gear would be helpful.
How spectacular the view is! Definitely dream place of a lanscape photographer!
Written 23 September 2019
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Larry P
Fargo, ND680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We are 70 year-old experienced hikers and we were quite glad we had our hiking poles with us, particularly when we were descending after a rain. Lots of 20 year olds on the trail did not have poles, but we were glad we did. It is a rocky trail all the way so you need sturdy footwear. The views are quite nice, but it is not an easy hike.
Written 23 March 2018
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Drew D
Zwieselstein, Austria9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Wife and I hiked up to the ski lodge as a day hike. The entire path is rocks so I’d recommend walking poles. The trek is moderately difficult for those in good shape. The views at the top of the basin and the ski area are good, but I am not sure they were worth the effort to get up there. I would definitely come back in the winter time and ski there.
Written 6 November 2017
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Wendy Y
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
It is a tough hike, particularly for someone who's not normally fit or used to hiking.
It's also best to be attempted on a clear day without too much sun, so mid-morning hike is probably the best - the area is prone to fog. Definitely avoid on a rainy day, or you'll have an injury
The trail is paved completely in pebbles/rocks/boulders, from start to finish.
For most of the time, the trail has an incline of at least 30 degrees.
Combination of both means our thighs and knees ached on the way up; on the way down, our knees, ankles and foot were punished severely.
Thankfully we didn't sustain any injuries, thanks to makeshift hiking poles that we picked up on another hike the day prior, but we definitely had a few close calls.
The views were lovely, especially when we stop to rest, and can turn around to a lovely view of the mountains on the other side, as well as how far up (from the car park) we are. But personally, I'm not sure the views were amazing enough to justify.

If you do decide to hike there, best to plan 3-3.5hr into your itinerary, depending on your fitness level.
Written 25 April 2017
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BakerF
Raleigh, NC115 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
This hike has great views throughout and at the top when you reach the ski area. However, the constant pebble/rocky trail wears on your feet and knees and poles would have been nice. I enjoyed the hike and views, but we've seen much better for much less work elsewhere on the South Island.

Would be cool to ski here in winter.
Written 2 February 2017
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MortimerEG
wellington, new zealand122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
I'm an ex-skier. But after the hike up I couldn't help but think "I want to ski one more time - here". It's not for everyone. Which is fantastic and part of the attraction. 50min up and about the same back down. Some people said it took them 90min. As such you'll only find a certain type of person up there. I don't like resorts and it's not. Club house yes, that's what it feels like "a club". I had no idea as to what we were going to find. 40min up and then snow to walk through. And wow the views! Those guests in the club house were welcoming and we had one of the best instant coffee as it was so welcomed. Leonie and I thought this was one of the two highlights of our two weeks in NZ.
Written 13 October 2016
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kootenays99
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
The parking lot is small and not properly plowed. When we went on the weekend it was full and had to park on the road, got a parking ticket.
Written 15 August 2015
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jongjong
Singapore, Singapore48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Temple Basin Track is a good 3-hour return hike that allows hikers to gain elevation quickly. Track is generally wide with mainly gravel and boulders. Incline is gradual in the beginning, and becomes steeper as you go along. Provides a good workout. We went on a cloudy day, and on many occasions during the hike, we found ourselves walking among clouds. Track ends at the ski area with several huts, with the option to proceed further to the summit. Mountain views. Best attempted on a clear day for panoramic views from the top.
Written 3 April 2015
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