Otira Viaduct Lookout
Otira Viaduct Lookout
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Darren_C_Thomas
Brisbane, Australia916 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
One of the best places to stop along the road between Christchurch and the South Island West Coast. Simply spectacular view and makes you appreciate the hard engineering that went into making the road itself!
Written 1 January 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a little out of the way if you are sticking to the cities in New Zealand but if you are planning to drive in New Zealand the Arthur's Pass is a fantastic area to drive through. This lookout gives an excellent view of the viaduct and the scenery in the area. We lucked out and got a clear view and there was a very curious kea bird when we went too!
Written 15 July 2023
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County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Otira viaduct is amazing and it is worth a stop to grab some pics. But an added bonus to this viewpoint is that you are likely to spot a Kea or mountain parrot. We had two that hung around. Just not feed them!
Written 7 July 2023
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danielkayelene
The Summit, Australia757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Worth a quick stop to take in this engineering feat from the lookout. Also an opportunity to spot Keas.
Written 9 January 2023
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Kate Cole
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The Otira viaduct is an extraordinary achievement and well worth stopping after staying at the extraordinary historical Otira Stagecoach hotel.
Written 2 November 2022
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Found_Lost_Key
New Zealand1,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Great place to stop to take in the great views of the viaduct and surrounding area. I remember traveling many times on the old road through the gorge and the zig zag tight corners, fun times! The road to the parking area is part of the old road and once parked up, you can see where it used to go. There is big boulders blocking the way and is overgrown but it gives you a sense of where it used to go. You may encounter a kea or two at the lookout if you're lucky. Best seen on a nice day. If you keep going West bound there is another place to stop to take in another section of the road that has a waterfall going over the road.
Written 4 May 2021
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Naina-Damani
London, UK1,032 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The tour features the TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch and we were also driven around in a group with AATKings to appreciate the scenery.
Written 27 February 2021
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Hondarider1
Auckland, New Zealand137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Great spot to stop and view the Otira viaduct construction
Keas wee cheeky and kept all the visitors entertained. Don’t stray too far from your car or motorcycle or the Keas will have a field day
Written 22 February 2021
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CoeliacAdventurer
Brampton, UK194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Don't feed the birds guys. Everyone knows this is a spot where Kea like to hang out, and it's amazing to see them! They're so inquisitive and can get really close to people, so there's a temptation to throw some food out to get that Instagram-worthy photo. But it's killing them. Birds aren't meant to eat human foods, they're too salty and fatty for them and it causes a lot of health problems. It also makes them lose their fear of humans so they're more likely to be injured by people, dogs and cars. Please don't feed them and if you see anyone feeding them, ask them to stop!

I did see Kea here, my only close encounter with these amazing birds. They're more active late afternoon, and they came very close to me, and yes they did nibble my car a bit. Nice views of the viaduct, amazing views of the birds if you're there at the right time of day.
Written 5 June 2020
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lauraalonsobi
Seattle, WA126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We stopped at the overlook to take it all in. It was a clear sunny morning and WOW! As we were getting back into the car we spotted a Kea parrot just behind the car, what a thrill to see this bird up close but not watch it doing damage to our car.
Written 24 March 2020
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