The South Island of New Zealand offers some of the world’s best hiking and alpine scenery, and the area around Arthur’s Pass National Park definitely isn’t any exception. While areas of the South Island such as Queenstown and Milford Sound receive a lot of the attention, Arthur’s Pass National Park offers alpine scenery that’s just as stunning but without a lot of the crowds.
Located only two hours from Christchurch, Arthur’s Pass National Park is a lot more accessible than some of the wilderness regions further south. Aside from being nearby to the urban center and international airport, the main road that connects Christchurch with the west coast–Highway 73–is one of the island’s most scenic drives and passes right through the heart of park.
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