Arthurs Pass National Park.

Let our experienced Tour South guides lead your seven hour return journey from Christchurch to the very heart of New Zealand's majestic Southern Alps.

 

Arthurs Pass National Park lies in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealands South Island.                     High mountais with many peaks over 2000 metres in height (Mount Murchison being the highest at 2,400 metres) form the main divide between Canterbury and the West Coast, and on the highest peaks snow remains visable throughout the year.The terain of this area is typified by very steep gorges, large Scree slopes and wide braided rivers, which in Spring and Summer are refreshed by melting snow and the heavy rainfall which is common in the region.

 

The main valleys of this National Park are very steep and have a profile typical of glacial action. This is truly a park of dramatic contrast, with dry Beach forrest in the east and luxuriant rain forrest on the western slopes.

 

Arthurs Pass was established in 1929, and was New Zealand's third National Park and the first in the South Island.

 

The area is traversed by an historic highway and the Tranz Alpine rail link, which together afford the many visitors from around the world with unique, and very special opportunities, to view this rugged, dramatic and often breathtaking landscape.

 

The road through this National Park is an amazing achievement of extreme civil engineering, involving roads literally blasted out of the mountains, viaducts, bridges, rock shelters and streams and waterfalls redirected into chutes to bypass the actual roadways.

 

Extreme weather conditions during Winter will often necessitate road closure because of snow,but a dedicated team of road workers, brave the elements to grade the roads clear of snow and lay down grit to keep actual closure to a minimum.

 

The alpine village at Arthurs Pass is an idyllic haven, and is a starting point for numerous short bush walks, or simply a place to relax annd refresh and enjoy the mischevious behavior of the ever present Keas, the New Zealand native parrot.

 

 

 

"We had a wonderful visit to this special and fascinating part of the South Island. Snow on the nearby mountains in October was an unexpected bonus. Thank you for a memorable Tour."

 

Vickie Gallagher - Karratha - Western Australia

 

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