Canterbury region

Mountain view up the Waimakariri River, the gateway to Arthur

Mountain view up the Waimakariri River, the gateway to Arthur's Pass National Park

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Arthur’s Pass National Park is in the heart of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Its high mountains with large scree slopes, steep gorges and wide braided rivers straddle the main divide – the ‘back bone’ of the South Island – between Canterbury and the West Coast.

It is a park of contrasts, with dry beech/tawhai forest in the east, luxuriant rainforest on western slopes, and a historic highway and railway running through the middle. Arthur’s Pass was established in 1929 and was New Zealand’s third national park and the first one in the South Island.

View the Arthur's Pass brochure (PDF, 3,776K).

Alert/Important notice

 Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre: Earthquake strengthening

Updated July 2014. Expect ongoing disruption to displays, facilities and services at the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre as earthquake strengthening work is carried out.


Arthur's Pass National Park is situated between Canterbury and the West Coast in the South Island of New Zealand.

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Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 318 9211
Address:   State Highway 73
Arthur's Pass
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