Activities in Arthur's Pass National Park

Tracks and walks

There's something for every walker in Arthur's Pass - from short 30 minute strolls through beech forest suitable for families, to a strenuous climb to the summit of a mountain with panoramic views for those with experience seeking a challenge.

View the Tramping in Arthur's Pass brochure (PDF, 744K) Note: this brochure is of low quality.

Overnight tracks and routes

A network of tracks and routes lead into remote valleys and over high alpine passes. In summer these are suitable for groups of average fitness and experience. The two-day Mingha/ Deception Track over Goat Pass is a classic east-west traverse, but involves lots of river crossings so is very weather-dependent.

Route guides have been written for the most popular trips.


The mountain ranges of Arthur’s Pass National Park have been a climbing mecca since 1891. Mt Rolleston (2275 m) near the summit of Arthur’s Pass is a popular climb for novice mountaineers to cut their crampons on.

Visit the Arthur's Pass Mountaineering website for further information.

Mountain biking

The Mt White Road traverses tussock flats bordering the grand Waimakariri River, with wide sweeping views up the valley and around 25 km of unsealed road. Allow about 2 hours from Mt White Bridge to Poulter River, one way.

Mountain biking is permitted only on formed roads within national parks.

Read more about mountain biking in and around Arthur's Pass


Arthur's Pass National Park as been divided into two hunting areas - east and west. Pigs, red deer and chamois are present in low to moderate numbers and populations can be quite localised. The terrain varies from moderate to very steep. The vegetation is beech forest, riparian shrublands with alpine shrublands, tussock, rock and scree tops.

Read more about Arthur's Pass hunting:

Arthur's Pass Summer Programme

'This programme runs for two weeks each year from Boxing Day. Events include guided walks, evening talks, kiwi tracking, children's events, weaving and a conservation art exhibition. Full programme is available from December each year.

Child/family friendly activities

Kiwi Ranger Programme

The Kiwi Ranger Programme is a free, fun and interactive way to get to know this special place. There are activities for young and old alike, and a badge is awarded on completion. More about Kiwi Ranger.

Other activities


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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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