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Day's 2-4: Drive to Arthurs Pass and Explore Castle Hill

August 11, 2018

Once you’ve had a night (or if you flew in during the morning to pick up your car), start your road trip out of Christchurch on the Old West Coast road, which eventually leads to highway 73. This trip takes about 2 hours but once you make your way out of the city, your urge to stop every 15 minutes  to view the scenery will kick in.




Castle Hill Pull Off

If you're slightly zoned out on your drive, you may just miss Arthur's pass! In this quaint mountain town that nestles in between . the valley between Mt Wilson and Mt. Rolleston, there are a handful of accommodations and even fewer stores. We recommend spending two nights here to make the most of your stay and taking part in some of the activities listed below.


Arthurs Pass Activities


Avalanche Peak  (via Scott's Track)



Devils Punch Bowl Waterfall



Other Activities: If you are looking for another day walk, both the Bealey Spur Track and Carroll Hut are 4-6 hour hikes that are suitable for reasonably fit people. For more information on both, click the link here.


Arthurs Pass Accommodations


Arthur's Pass YHA offers a great accommodation given the small amount of options available. It has a large kitchen and is right next to the café in town in case you need to grab any supplies (though the selection is limited). The options are limited so check out the map below for your options. For other Arthurs Pass accommodation prices and availability, check out Booking.com.



Food Options in Arthurs Pass


We are not kidding when we say that food options are few and far in between. There are only two food options in town: Challenge Arthur's Pass Cafe and Restaurant and Wobbly Key. Challenge has everything you need from a small grocery store, to morning pies and coffee's, and sandwich options for hikes and dinner. 







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