Theives breaking into vehicles
Thieves have been breaking into cars and motor-homes at various car-parks and some camp-sites along highway 73 on a regular basis (day & night). They have been stealing passports, credit cards, money, electronic devices and recreation equipment. Take your absolute valuables with you on the walks, and don't leave other valuable items in plain sight in your vehicle. Report any suspicious activity to Police '111', and note down registration plates of vehicles!

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Avalanche Risk (Local)
12/01/2019 07:38hrs
(Above 1800m)
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
(1200m - 1800m)
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
(Below 1200m)
No Rating
Insufficient information or snow to establish avalanche danger rating
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 2158hrs Wed 16th January, 2019):

Very fine, and very hot conditions. Next heavy weather arriving on Saturday.

Very high freezing levels are being maintained as fairly hot days ensue; heavier areas of snow-pack in steep terrain (mostly southern aspects) could likely unstabilise with some wet sluff activity possible.

Northern aspects have been clearing fast to their loose rock bases, whilst southern aspects have been holding their snow-pack to much lower altitudes but this should shortly collapse with warming summer temperatures and rainfall. Water is now running under ice-fields and gully snow undermining it and creating hidden features!

Note: Rivers are still very reactive to any rainfall as water-tables remain loaded after a month of heavier rainfall.

Butt slides and glissades are just asking for trouble in this season with such a loose surface pack, lets get through another season without an accident caused by this activity please - they never end well!

I have been completely rewriting the "Arthur's Pass Climbing Guide", this is a huge project; most of the beta in it comes from the 1990's when I was young, stupid, had little fear (and many less climbing injuries), and we had not been rattled severely by so many route damaging earthquakes; it definitely needs updating and correction. To assist with this I have placed the entire updated guide online HERE, feel free to comment on routes, or provide climbing topos, as I've run out of time to complete these at present.

Cheers - Graeme -
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)(New) 11/01/2019
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)(New) 11/01/2019
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face(New) 11/01/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route(New) 11/01/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face08/01/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow icefall08/01/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow icefall
  • Mt Rolleston (2212m) - Low Peak04/01/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2212m) - Low Peak
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access04/01/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Philistine Traverse04/01/2019
    Philistine Traverse
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)25/12/2018
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Franklin (2145m)25/12/2018
    Mt Franklin (2145m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge25/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face25/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle)25/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide25/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Sampsons Couloir16/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Sampsons Couloir
  • Carrington Peak (2010m)12/12/2018
    Carrington Peak (2010m)
  • Mt Campbell (1829m)12/12/2018
    Mt Campbell (1829m)
  • Mt Isobel (2036m)12/12/2018
    Mt Isobel (2036m)
  • Blimit (1921m)08/12/2018
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)08/12/2018
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - North Ridge08/12/2018
    Mt Temple (1913m) - North Ridge
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - North Face08/12/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - North Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face08/12/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)05/12/2018
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Black Range (1800m)05/12/2018
    Black Range (1800m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)05/12/2018
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)05/12/2018
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - Northeast aspect05/12/2018
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - Northeast aspect
  • Mt Binser (1860m) - Middle, High05/12/2018
    Mt Binser (1860m) - Middle, High
  • Mt Bruce (1630m) - North aspect05/12/2018
    Mt Bruce (1630m) - North aspect
  • Mt Harper (2222m) - Camp Spur route05/12/2018
    Mt Harper (2222m) - Camp Spur route
  • Mt Oates (2041m)05/12/2018
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge05/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress05/12/2018
    Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress
  • Mt Stewart (1934m)05/12/2018
    Mt Stewart (1934m)
  • The Spike (1440m)05/12/2018
    The Spike (1440m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge15/11/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)12/11/2018
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Williams (1718m)12/11/2018
    Mt Williams (1718m)
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Weather Information
18 Jan

10 / 23ºC
19 Jan

7 / 17ºC
20 Jan

7 / 12ºC
21 Jan

6 / 12ºC
22 Jan

10 / 14ºC
23 Jan

6 / 15ºC
24 Jan

6 / 14ºC
25 Jan

8 / 17ºC
26 Jan

9 / 17ºC
27 Jan

9 / 17ºC
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Update:18/01/19 00:30hrs
Update: 17/1/19 23:20hrs NZST
Sunrise: 5:15hrs
Sunset: 20:09hrs
Temperature: 13.5ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 11.4ºC
Temperature (High): 23.3ºC
Wind Chill: 12.0ºC
Humidity: 88%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1004.11mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 7km/h
Wind Direction: W
Wind Gust: 72km/h (15:34hrs)
Cloud Base: 968m ASL
Freezing Level: 3107m
Daily Rainfall: 0mm
24 Hour Rain: 0mm

Last Update: 17/01/2019 23:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 7.9ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 20.2kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 21.2kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 22.2kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: 4.7ºC
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 1.6mm (Today: 0.0mm)
Last Snowfall: 3 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 0.0cm
Snowpack Depth: 0.0cm

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