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

Canterbury region map.

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

 Fire ban. Visitor centre earthquake strengthening / Pest contol operation

Complete fire ban. Light no fires! Gas cooking only.

Expect ongoing disruption to displays, facilities and services at the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre throughout 2014/2015 due to earthquake strengthening.

December 2014: Aerial 1080 application in the Hawdon and Andrews valleys

  • Tracks in the consented area include Hawdon Valley through to Walker Pass, Woolshed Hill Track and the Andrews Valley Track to Casey Hut.

17 February 2015: Aerial 1080 application in the Poulter Valley

  • Tracks in the consented area include: Poulter Track as far as Linwood Stream above Lake Minchin and Andrews Stream Track from the shelter to Casey Hut. 

Signs are posted at the start of all relevant tracks. Following the aerial application staff have checked and cleared tracks of all 1080 pellets. There is also a 100m exclusion zone around all relevant huts.

This is to control rats to protect the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet / kākāriki found only in three Canterbury beech-forests valleys.

For more information refer to the Eastern South Island pesticide summary.


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

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


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