Arthur's Pass

Squeezed into a narrow valley, Arthur’s Pass township offers a surprising number of services to travellers over the Alps, to climbers and walkers, and for tourists staying in the village itself. You’ll find the National Park headquarters here, and some seriously good coffee. 

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Arthur's Pass


Accommodation in Arthur's Pass is limited. The village and surrounding area offer a small selection of holiday homes, backpackers and exclusive lodges.

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 A kea in Arthur's Pass National Park.  Amelia Norman

Arthur's Pass


The Arthur's Pass area offers hikers a real NZ back country experience. Be thrilled by the kea population and the region's gold mining history.

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What to do in Arthur's Pass

  • Amble to the Devils Punchbowl Waterfall
  • Enjoy the cheeky antics of the kea or mountain parrot
  • Ski at one of several nearby ski areas 
  • Be informed on the Village Historic & Interpretive Walk
  • Take a hike and spend a night in a backcountry hut
  • Catch the TranzScenic - one of the world's top train journeys
  • Relax with a picnic in Arthur's Pass Village
  • Try fishing and hunting in the wider Arthur's Pass area
  • Refuel after your walk at a local cafe or restaurant
  • Seek out native flora and fauna in Arthur's Pass National Park

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How do you get to Arthur's Pass?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Arthur’s Pass does not have an air service, but Christchurch International Airport is only around two hours' scenic drive away.
  • Travel by Train
    • Arthur’s Pass is serviced by the daily TranzAlpine train service between Christchurch and Greymouth.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Arthur’s Pass Village is easily accessible on the main bus line between Christchurch and the West Coast. Several smaller shuttle companies operate between the two destinations and can drop off/pick up visitors in Arthur’s Pass.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • There are no rental car options in Arthur’s Pass. It is advisable to hire a vehicle in Christchurch or on the West Coast before arriving in Arthur’s Pass.