Arthur's Pass National Park Canterbury
Arthur's Pass National Park is in the heart of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Its high mountains with large scree slopes, steep gorges and wide braided rivers, straddles the main divide – the 'back bone' of the South Island – between Canterbury and the West Coast.
It's a park of contrasts, with dry beech/tawhai forest in the east, luxuriant rainforest on western slopes, and a historic highway and railway running through the middle. Arthur's Pass was established in 1929 and was New Zealand's third national park and the first one in the South Island.
Important Information on Bird Watching