Arthurs Pass - New ZealandWelcome to Arthur's Pass, New Zealand
Our small alpine village is nestled amongst the Southern Alps in New Zealand's South Island (Maps).
You will find a wealth of information about this region on this site.

For pre-arrival advice Click Here.

Highway 73 is CLOSED from Otira to Jacksons (West Coast) because of a huge landslide. An attempt will be made on Tuesday (24th Jan) to open it for 10 minutes only on the hour from 8am to 7pm, weather dependent.

Please Note: Thieves have been hitting ALL of our overnight car-parks and campsites. Do not leave valuables in your vehicles or tents! Report all break-ins and losses to the NZ Police (111).

North Webcam - HD
North Webcam (HD)
North - Timelapse
West Webcam
West Webcam
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Arthur's Pass Earthquake Monitor
Advice in an earthquake

Avalanche Risk (Local)
15/01/2017 20:44hrs
(Above 2000m)
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
(1000m - 2000m)
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
(Below 1000m)
No Rating
Insufficient information or snow to establish avalanche danger rating

Click to visit Snowfall Modelling Data
Weather Links
Satellite Image
Satellite Image
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Highway Conditions
SH 73 Otira To Kumara Junction, West Coast
Reason: Other
Impact: Road Closed
Start: 24 Jan 2017 08:00
End:  25 Jan 2017 19:00
Comment: Slip Clearing Underway - Closed Between 7pm And 8am.
SH 73 Castle Hill, Canterbury
Reason: Resurfacing
Impact: Delays
Start: 09 Jan 2017 07:00
End:  10 Feb 2017 18:00
Comment: Stop / Go Control Required For Resurfacing Works From Monday 23rd January To Friday 10th February. Please Expect Minor Delays
SH 73 Springfield To Arthur's Pass, Canterbury
Reason: Road Construction
Impact: Delays
Start: 24 Nov 2015 07:00
End:  31 Mar 2017 17:00
Comment: Sh73 Is Reduced To A Single Traffic Lane For A Length Of 500m Under The Control Of Traffic Lights. This Is To Construct A New Retaining Wall As Part Of The Mingha Bluffs Road Realignment Project.
SH 73 Otira To Jacksons, Canterbury
Reason: Slip
Impact: Road Closed
Start: 19 Jan 2017 00:45
Comment: Road Closed Due To Very Large Slips. From Tuesday 24 January The Road Will Be Open For Ten Minutes On The Hour Every Hour From 8am To 7pm. This Will Be Weather Dependent
Expected Resolution: Until further notice

Click Here for more highway detail.

Extended Forecast
23 Jan

4 / 18ºC
24 Jan

9 / 15ºC
25 Jan

3 / 11ºC
26 Jan

8 / 11ºC
27 Jan

4 / 13ºC
28 Jan

6 / 16ºC
29 Jan

3 / 12ºC
30 Jan

4 / 13ºC
31 Jan

9 / 13ºC
1 Feb

7 / 15ºC
Click for more information
Update:23/01/17 23:54hrs

Weather Stations
Update: 24/1/17 2:24hrs NZST
Sunrise: 5:24hrs
Sunset: 20:03hrs
Temperature: 9.3ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 9.2ºC
Temperature (High): 9.6ºC
Wind Chill: 6.0ºC
Humidity: 77%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1008.07mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 22km/h
Wind Direction: W
Wind Gust: 56km/h (0:45hrs)
Cloud Base: 1205m ASL
Freezing Level: 2461m
Daily Rainfall: 0mm
24 Hour Rain: 0mm
Carrington Hut (24/01/2017 - 01:05hrs)
Daily Rainfall: 0.0mm
2 Day Rainfall: 0mm
3 Day Rainfall: 47.5mm
Mid Poulter River (24/01/2017 - 01:30hrs)
Daily Rainfall: 0.0mm
2 Day Rainfall: 0mm
3 Day Rainfall: 30mm
Grasmere Stn (24/01/2017 - 01:05hrs)
Daily Rainfall: 0.0mm
2 Day Rainfall: 0mm
3 Day Rainfall: 30mm
Mt Cheeseman (24/01/2017 - 01:05hrs)
Daily Rainfall: 0.0mm
2 Day Rainfall: 0mm
3 Day Rainfall: 30mm
Upper Styx River (24/01/2017 - 00:13hrs)
24hr Rainfall: 0.0mm
6 Day Rainfall: 347.5mm
Western Rivers in flood!
Click Here to view full weather station details.
  • Morrison Foot-bridge access restricted - Kiwi Rail has "closed" access to the Morrison foot-bridge across the Otira River at the Deception River junction for an indeterminate time-frame. This is to prevent people crossing the railway line to access it. At this stage they have merely placed signage and road-cones. Should the barrier become impenetrable they will create a even more dangerous situation in forcing trampers into very dangerous river crossing situations and traverses!
  • Casey Hut has burnt down - Casey Hut in the Poulter River catchment burnt down in late 2015. The next closest hut is Trust-Poulter, 5km upstream on the true-right. Good camping sites, water (Casey Stream) and a toilet remains at the old Casey Hut site.
  • Highway 73 is undergoing reconstruction on the eastern approaches to Arthur's Pass Village. Expect delays and detours from time to time. This work is not expected to be complete until late 2016.
  • The following bivouacs no longer exist! - Hallelujah Bivouac (Andrews Stream), Thompson Bivouac (Thompson Stream), Top Cox Bivouac (Cox River), Waterfall Bivouac (Row Stream)

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