IntroductionThese family-friendly short walks in Arthur's Pass National Park are all suitable for people of all ages and abilities, including young children, and can be accessed by mountain-buggies.
Arthur’s Pass Village Historic Walk
Time: Total walk takes 1 hr 30 min but you can choose to do less
Start at the visitor centre where you can purchase a pamphlet outlining the walk, which goes through and beyond the village. Some sections are footpath, suitable for prams; other sections are tracks. Walk to ten plaques scattered around and throughout the village.
Time: 10 min
Distance: 40 m one way
Starting at the visitor centre, this short walk, suitable for prams, takes you over a little stone bridge where you can see Avalanche Creek Waterfall. From here you can continue along the path to bring you to a viewing platform closer to the waterfall, but this section is steep and may be difficult for prams.
Old Coach Road
Time: 30 min return
Distance: 1.1 km
This walk starts at Greyneys Shelter, 6 km east of Arthur’s Pass Village on SH 73. This easy family walk is suitable for all-terrain buggies, and loops through the beech forest following the old coach road. At the northern end of the track there is a rope handrail - shut your eyes and use your other senses as you move through the forest.
These walks are all in Arthur's Pass National Park, a 2 hour drive from Christchurch on SH73 towards the West Coast.