Arthur's Pass to Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand
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Arthur's Pass National Park

Just over an hour's drive from Hokitika, Arthur's Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape - beech clad hills and tussock valleys, and luxuriant rain forest to the west. Don't miss the resident kea!

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image of Kea bird at Arthur's Pass

An Inpertinent Kea: ©Snowmanradio, Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 - no changes made

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Driving from Christchurch to Hokitika via Arthur's Pass

Travelling from Christchurch to Hokitika via Highway 73 runs through Arthur's Pass National Park. It is incredibly scenic and only takes 3 1/2 hours.

  • Stop at the many lakes along the way for great views and a stretch
  • Visit the otherworldy rock formations at Castle Hill
  • Stop for refreshment in Arthur's Pass Village or the unique Otira Hotel - the village has basic services including gas, food, lodging and essential items. The Otira Hotel offers accommodation and food.

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The Tranz Alpine Rail Journey

This Great Journey of New Zealand stops in Arthur's Pass and has been rated one of the top 10 train journeys in the world. The trip finishes in Greymouth where you can continue to Hokitika via public transport or rental car.

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