Otira Valley

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Half-day walks in Arthur's Pass National Park of up to 3 hours return, exploring alpine valleys or basins.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various: 1.5 - 4 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Otira Valley

Time: 1 hr 30 min return to the footbridge (unmarked route beyond) 

The track leaves from a car-park beside SH 73, just north of Arthur’s Pass summit.This relatively easy graded track follows up a deep alpine valley on the northern side of Mt Rolleston.  It climbs over an old glacial moraine, then follows the contour through subalpine scrub and tussock to the Otira River foot-bridge. On a good day this is an awesome walk to view the summer alpine flowers.

Warning: The track finishes at the foot-bridge. Travel past this point requires map reading and route finding skills. For experience alpine trampers and mountaineers only.

This track is subject to avalanche hazard in winter.

Temple Basin

Time: 3 hr return

This track starts from above the bush-line at the SH 73 roadside car-park, five km north of Arthur’s Pass township. A nature photographer’s dream, the track zig-zags up the hill to an open tussock basin and the Temple Basin Ski Club buildings. On a clear day you get magnificent views of Mt Rolleston across the valley.

Know before you go

Be safe and beware - this is mountain country 

  • Take warm clothing and raincoat, sunhat and sunscreen, something to eat and drink and strong footwear. Mountain weather can change quickly.
  • Take a map - available from the Arthur’s Pass Visitor Centre. Boots are recommended footwear.
  • Check the weather forecast before you go.
  • Walking on tracks and routes above the bushline (the upper edge of the forest) is recommended only in good weather conditions. The routes are mostly unmarked and you need good visibility to find your way. Above the bush line you are exposed to the severity of the mountain weather.
  • When snow covers the ground routes will be less obvious and there may also be a danger of avalanches - snow climbing equipment is recommended. 

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   106 Main Westcoast Road
Arthur's Pass
Postal Address:   PO Box 51008
Arthur's Pass 7654
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