The TranzAlpine train is suspended until April 3, 2017, due to damage caused by recent fires in the Waimakariri Gorge District. See Travel News for more information.

Arthurs Pass

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The South's highest settlement

Arthur's Pass is a great opportunity to get off the TranzAlpine train journey and stretch legs. However, if walking, hiking or skiing are your things, perhaps you should spend longer exploring more of this beautiful mountainous national park with peaks rising more than 2,000 metres.

A mecca for trampers, snow boarders, mountain climbers and nature lovers, there are many short and long walks in the area including those that start near the comfortable accommodation found in Arthur’s Pass village.

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. You'll probably spot New Zealand’s inquisitive and comical alpine parrot, the kea, along the way. And during winter you can join the skiiers and snowboarders enjoying spectacular runs in the Temple Basin Ski Area..

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