Arthurs Pass stretching from Christchurch to Hokitika was such a great way to begin our NZ roadtrip. The scenery is mind blowing! The 255 km Route follows Highway 73 across river plains before winding it’s way up through Porters Pass then into the spectacular Arthurs Pass National Park, and finally down to the west coast.
There are plenty of walking tracks along the entirety of the trip, catering to all levels of treckers, or trampers as they say in NZ. Make sure to stop at both the Otira Viaduct lookouts, it’s an amazing view and you may even see a Kea. (A rare native NZ bird). We were lucky enough to film one at the lower lookout. It’s in the video below.
Even if your not a fan of a good walk. The 10 minutes it takes to get to Kura Tawhiti or Castle hill as it was named by early europeans is well worth it. You can see these amazing limestone rock battlements in the vid below, not that my camera skills do them any justice.
There are so many photo oppurtunities along the way, so be ready for multiple stops, this is not a trip you want to rush. Take your time and soak it all in.
If you are in a camper or roughing it in a tent be sure to check out the Department of Conservation (D.O.C.) website for maps of beautiful campgrounds that are all over New Zealand. They normally cost around $13 p.p, p/night and every site we stayed at had at least a toilet which is handy.
Jazz and Binky