Mountain view up the Waimakariri River, the gateway to Arthur's Pass National Park
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).
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
17 February 2015: Aerial 1080 application in the Poulter Valley
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.
Find out about the day walks, overnight tracks and routes and mountaineering activities in Arthur's Pass National Park.
Find out about backcountry huts and campsite in the park. There are plenty of other accommodation options in Arthur's Pass village.
Weather conditions can change rapidly with little warning. All visitors should be well equipped and properly prepared.
High in the Southern Alps, the tiny 40-strong community in Arthur’s Pass Village are committed bunch of locals. Watch this video to find out how this community has a mission to protect kiwi.
This plan guides the Department of Conservation in the management of Arthur's Pass National Park until 2017.
This field trip explores Temple Basin, where students can learn about life forms within an Alpine Region and the history and current plans of Temple Basin and Arthur’s Pass National Park.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Arthur's Pass National Park.
Weather for Arthur's Pass National Park
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies