Arthur's Pass, climbing to more than 900 metres through Arthur's Pass National Park, is the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps.
If you’re traveling from Canterbury to the West Coast, this is the road to take. It is a piece of extreme engineering involving viaducts, bridges, rock shelters and waterfalls redirected into chutes.
Arthur’s Pass National Park itself is a landscape of two halves. On the eastern side you'll see wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast swathes of beech forest. Descend the western side and you venture through dense rainforest alongside and over deeply gorged rivers. Take in the scenic views on the renowned Tranz Alpine rail service. If you're feeling adventurous, go hiking or mountaineering. You'll probably spot New Zealand’s inquisitive and comical alpine parrot, the kea, along the way. And during winter you can join the lucky skiers and snowboarders enjoying spectacular runs in the Temple Basin Ski Area.
Arthur’s Pass village is one of the highest settlements in the country. Here you can gaze into the historic Otira rail tunnel – an epic engineering feat through 8. 5 kilometres of rock. If you need to stretch your legs, walk the one hour return journey to the Devil's Punchbowl Falls. And if you feel like staying a while, the village has a choice of accommodation, cafés and shops.
Arthur's Pass Alpine Motel is located high in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, within Arthur’s Pass Village. Just 300 metres from Arthur’s Pass train Station, it offers free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi access.
All rooms include kitchen facilities, electric blankets, linen and TV with DVD... (more)
The Lodge is nestled amongst native bush on Bealey Spur, not far from the historic and iconic Bealey Hotel and on the Te Araroa trail. Within 30mins of 4 "club" ski fields and 40 mins from Porter Heights ski area, Arthurs Pass Eco Lodge is ideal for all seasons.
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Flock Hill is situated on the Great Alpine Highway between Springfield and Arthur's Pass. Only a 90-minute drive from Christchurch or Greymouth, Flock Hill not only offers a range of accommodation in a stunning high-country location, it also provides a totally unique guest experience! Rela... (more)
Grasmere Lodge a luxury high country retreat in the town of Arthur's Pass in the Southern Alps.It is located on a working farm and was built in the mid-eighteenth century. Guests can choose from 5 different accommodation options such as suites, chalets, cottages and deluxe rooms. The Veran... (more)