Arthur’s Pass National Park – The Lone Wonderer

After a long day, we finally made it to Arthur’s Pass in the evening. We didn’t find any hostel, so we booked a bungalow for the night. Everything around was closed by 9pm, and we didn’t eat anything before we arrive. So we “cooked” pastas in a water boiler to get fed for the night before going to explore the next day.

As the name let you guess, Arthur’s Pass is a mountain pass. It is located in the Southern Alps and it marks part of the boundaries between The West Coast and the Canterbury region in the South Island. This is the name of the pass, of a town nearby and as you can see, of the National Park. With countless tracks, it truly is a paradise for hikers. 

Before we go any further, let’s talk about these guys. They are called Kea. Coming from Maori, this name is a representation of the call these birds make while flying: “Keeeeee Aaaaaa”. They can be found in the forested and alpine regions of the South Island. The least we can say, is that those birds are not scared of humans. If you are eating something, they will just come to your table to sneakily steal it from you! I’ve seen one of them getting in the shop nearby, grab someone’s bag to steal the food from it and fly away. Since I’ve encountered them, Kea became my spirit animal.

One of the main attractions of the park is the Devil’s Punchbowl Fall. The track to get there is not that challenging as you have many wooden stairs to help you to get there. You can’t go on the top of the waterfall and to be fair you don’t even need to as you get the best view while being at the bottom.

An other point of view of the Devil’s Punchbowl Falls.

Arthur’s Pass is 1185km² (457 sq mi.). Which means you can take your car, drive for a while and still be in the park. And that’s what we did. We could have gone like this for the whole day, but we were short on time, and had to get back on the road to our next destination.

If I knew Arthur’s Pass would be so great, I would definitely have spent at least three days there. There is so much to do and to see, and as I stated above, this is a paradise for hikers and trekkers. If you ever go there, I wouldn’t recommend you to plan to go there for just half a day as we did. This park deserves more attention than that.

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