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  • Address: West Coast Road
  • Hours: Visitors' Center open daily 8am - 5pm
  • Admission: Free

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Arthur's Pass National Park

This superbly scenic national park is in Central Canterbury, rising out of the plains. A magnet for wintertime skiers and summertime hikers, Arthur’s Pass National Park is also a popular day trip from Christchurch.

Easy day walks fan out from the visitor information center, leading to vantage points affording panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

Providing an instant snapshot of New Zealand's legendary natural beauty, a day trip to the park also reveals glimpses of extensive beech forests, rainforest, mountain passes and soaring peaks.

If you're planning on experiencing a bit of New Zealand 'tramping' (the NZ word for hiking) take note that this is tricky territory, and for experienced hikers only. Tracks are not continuously marked, and they can involve river crossings, plus the weather is notoriously changeable.

Practical Info

Arthur's Pass National Park is on New Zealand's South Island, two hours northwest of Christchurch.

The town of Arthur's Pass is on the main bus route between Christchurch and Greymouth; the scenic TranzAlpine train also comes through here daily. If you’re driving from Christchurch, take Highway 73.

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3-Day Queenstown to Christchurch including West Coast Glaciers and the TranzAlpine Train

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Visit highlights of New Zealand’s South Island on a 3-day tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Be amazed by the Fox Glacier on a 3-hour guided hike that gives ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $631.55

Private Tour: 8-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

See the best of New Zealand’s stunning South Island on this unforgettable 8-day tour! Traveling by private luxury vehicle you’ll visit all the highlights of ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $2,563.63

Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Small Group Tour from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur's Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. Experience a breathtaking journey aboard ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 9 - 9.5 hours

From USD $360.39

7-Day South Island Photography Tour from Queenstown to Christchurch

Join award winning photographer Richard Young on this amazing seven day South Island photography in New Zealand departing on the 5th September 2016. Timed ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $2,495.02

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