Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Top Things to Do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Things to Do in Arthur's Pass National Park


Top Attractions in Arthur's Pass National Park

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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The information centre has some very informative displays for the Kea, Kiwi and predators in the area. They also had a nice clean bathroom area. We lucked out and saw some Keas at the Kea Kiosk which was fun to see and provided some good information about the birds. They had a lot of stamps and my wife has been collecting them lately so she was very pleased. The prices in the gift shop were also quite fair.

    The Arthur Pass Information Centre is about halfway through the Arthur Pass and if you ever get the chance this is one of the best drives in the world. Very scenic and there are quite a few places to get out, sight see and hike. The information centre is located in the Arthur's Path Village and has a few conveniences in the area.
    Written 15 July 2023
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  • Darren_C_Thomas
    Brisbane, Australia916 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Guide750649
    Charlotte, NC9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to access parking lot in Arthur's Pass village. The view is beautiful and a short distance to the top via a serious of well-maintained steps. It is a cardiac blast to the top. There is ample places to pause if you need to rest going up or down.
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • Ed R
    Blenheim, New Zealand735 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    From the carpark, cross the bridge, stopping to admire the waterfall, and you're into the forest. Mostly pretty easy but there are some quite challenging stairs early on. Once past those though it is easy walking. Mostly quite sheltered until you get to the first boardwalk just before you cross the highway. Then carry on, detour to Bealey Chasm, and head for the Dobson memorial. This area is more exposed and, on the day i went, the rain unfortunately set in. Despite my gear, I still got wet and so didn't quite make it to the end. Not a lot of birdlife out due to weather but a few South Island robins came to see what I was up to.
    Will do it again on a fine day!
    Written 24 December 2021
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  • Anna
    Christchurch, New Zealand87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We thought we would see fairy’s flying around it was so magical.
    Amazing nature to find and stunning views on clear day.
    We went 1km past hut but be aware on day light during the shorter days
    Written 8 May 2021
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  • Sandpiper52
    Auckland, New Zealand35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are two routes to the summit from Arthurs Pass village - Avalanche Peak Track and Scotts Track. The latter is said to be slightly longer but less steep. Many visitors make a loop by going up one track and descending by the other. This would take 6-7 hours (depending on level of physical fitness, obviously). There is a third option - the one my group took. From the summit, descend via a long scree slope to the Crow River valley on the other side of the mountain, stay overnight in the Crow Hut or camp, and return to Klondyke Corner. This takes two days.

    This walk is a serious undertaking which should be attempted only by those who are physically fit, are accustomed to walking for hours at a time and have suitable equipment (stout shoes, water bottles for at least two liters, sunscreen and so on). In places it is very steep with precipitous drops next to the track. It should not be attempted in poor visibility or in high winds. The rewards are fantastic views of Mt Rolleston, the Crow Valley, Temple Basin and more.
    Written 3 January 2022
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  • Stephen & Sue
    Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We only went as far as the Bealey Chasm - a quick 15 minute stop on the side of the Arthurs Pass road.
    You could also do this as a stop on a full day walk up and back along the Arthurs Pass Track, or as a short diversion at the start of the Bealey Valley track.
    Park in the small carpark next to the highway on the left, heading west, walk along the short track to the chasm, and then walk back. There’s about 100 steps, so, it’s not wheelchair friendly, but kids will easily manage this, and there’s some nice rainforest on the way there to the river. A nice short stop.
    Written 25 January 2023
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  • ReggieLombard
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Tim F
    Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice chapel with great views. Unfortunately, we were the only ones present at the advertised service time. Easy-to-access and up-to-date service times would be appreciated.
    Written 13 July 2020
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China160,111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a nice 2km trail that winds through beech forest grounds alongside the Waimakariri River. Basically, it the first stretch of the the longer Waimakariri Valley overnight route that begins at this particular trailhead.

    The trail is relatively easy and rides a sloping section of the forrest which opens from time to time providing views into the valley and the Turkey Flat, a wide section river bed. The views are quite nice. Eventually, at the end of the O'Malley's Trek, you can descend down to the Turkey Flat where you encounter the small river branches and more beautiful landscape.

    Overall, we really liked this trek which is around 10km east of the Aurthur's Pass Village and would definitely do it again during future visits to the National Park.

    Nice: There is a small carpark which you will find immediately east of the one-lane bridge that crosses the Waimakariri River on the West Coast Highway. When you see the DOC O'Malley's Track sign, follow the gravel road into the forested area around 40 metres to the place where you can park your vehicle. There is a toilet facility there as well.
    Written 21 October 2018
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  • Found_Lost_Key
    New Zealand1,242 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little bit of history to look at it. Parking is across the road where you can do the chasm walk. Our quick visit was made better by a couple of tomtits who came to check us out.
    Written 4 May 2021
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China160,111 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting monument to see while spending time in Arthur's Pass is the Arthur Dudley Dobson Memorial which is situated alongside the West Coast Highway a few kilometres outside the village.

    There is car park just east of the memorial for the Dobson Nature Walk. There is actually a pullover spot just west of the monument as well. You can walk through a impromptu path through some scrub right up to the monument.

    What you find here is a simple, rectangular shaped stone stack. Near the base is the name Arthur Dobson Memorial as well as a plaque with a dedication to Dobson for efforts to explore the area and discover the pass linking the east and west coast of South Island through what is now Arthur's Pass.

    Have a quick look at the memorial if you enjoy monument viewing during your travels. Then carry on with your drive through the pass or hikes in the area.
    Written 9 October 2018
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