Rotopōhueroa/Lake Constance, looking north towards Waiau Pass
Image: DOC



Waiau Pass Route is a very technical alpine crossing, suitable for highly experienced parties only. It links Lewis Pass and Nelson Lakes National Park.

Walking and tramping

8-10 days for full trip Expert: Route


Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 318 9211
Address 104 West Coast Road
Arthur's Pass 7654
Hours See visitor centre hours
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