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Arthur’s Pass National Park

Over the main divide of the Southern Alps is named after Arthur Dudley Dobson who heard of the existence of the mountain pass from a Maori chief, Tarapuhi. Dobson and his brothers, George and Edward, became the first Europeans to cross it in 1864. The township of Arthur’s Pass is 5 km south of the pass, virtually on the border of Canterbury and Westland. Dobson (then Sir Arthur) wrote later that the gold rush on the West Coast hastened interest in a pass through from Canterbury and by 1866 the highway was built, by more than a thousand men. Arthur’s Pass National Park is 99,270 ha and established in 1929. It has a beautiful wilderness area, sharing a common boundary with Westland National Park, established in 1960 over 117,547 ha. Between them the two parks contain a number of spectacular Southern Alps peaks, the Tasman, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, and large areas of luxuriant rain forest.

Things to do in Arthur’s Pass National Park:
Walk one of the tracks that begin around Arthur’s Pass village to see forest, waterfalls, alpine gardens and mountain tops.
Walk the famous Dobson walk.
Follow the historic trail around Arthur’s Pass village.
Go for an overnight hike using DOC huts to stay in.
Climb a mountain if you are a mountain climber.

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Theres just so much to discover and see in all the parks. Give yourself time to explore the abundance of culture and beauty and dont rush it. Enjoy and if you get to arthurs pass hike to the devils bowl.

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We stayed at this great place called the Wilderness Lodge in Arthurs Pass on the way to the West Coast and enjoyed the hospitality of Gerry & Anne. The Wilderness Lodge costs a bit at around $980, but we thought it was worth it.

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Arthurs Pass is great for easy access to the mountains, if you want to get high without too much effort try walking up the Temple Basin Ski Field track and then up from the huts. Great views, very achievable day walk.

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