Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre Moved
The Visitor Centre in Arthur's Pass Village has been moved into a new portable premises until further notice. This is located opposite the original site in the Avalanche Creek camp-site.

Thieves breaking into vehicles
Thieves have been breaking into cars and motor-homes at various car-parks and some camp-sites along SH.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)
01/12/2019 08:09hrs
(Above 1800m)
Dangerous conditions, conservative decision making essential!
(1200m - 1800m)
Dangerous conditions, conservative decision making essential!
(Below 1200m)
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 0731hrs Saturday 7th December, 2019):

The storminess continues today and tomorrow with further heavy rain, and lowering snowfalls to 1500m tomorrow. Clearing weather starts to arrive on Monday [hopefully].

Previous Update (05/12/2019): Fresh NW snow on and off across the tops above 1700m today, driven by extreme galeforce winds. Further unstable weather arrives again midway through tomorrow.

Previous Update (01/12/2019): Very unstable & severe weather for next 4-5 days; this will include bouts of heavy rainfall and snowfalls lowering to 1700-1800m at times - severe NW gales. Climbing conditions obviously poor!

Also there was a massive landslide in the upper Otira Valley Valley on 25th Nov, this has brought down 10's of 1000's of tonnes of rock & ice debris just to the NW of the Otira Face - IT IS STILL ACTIVE!

Previous Update (26/11/2019): Sorry a major crash of this website, has lost the conditions reports for the past 2 weeks. Currently the Main Range is holding substantial snow; avalanche risk is still floating Moderate/Considerable as warm days and winds affect the snow-pack. Further to this Australian ash has now landed on snow-slopes lee to the northern half, and this will be dramatically allowing solar radiation to affect the surface pack. Sub-ranges are clearing of snow, though southern half aspects are holding 5-20cm above 1700m.

Previous Update (11/11/2019): The storm has eased (temporarily), it delivered about 960mm of rainfall to the spine of the Alps (400mm in the Village). Currently lightly snowing down to 1200m. This very unstable weather pattern continues, and heavy rain and gales will return for a time from Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday is the only "fining day" in the forecast. A considerable amount of snow-pack has been demolished by this weather event; the snow-pack has been saturated to high altitude by the rainfall and continues to drain - it will be unstable. Climbing conditions remain poor / dangerous.

Previous Update (08/11/2019): Extreme weather has been upon since Wednesday this week, and is set to continue into the weekend with further heavy rain and gales. The snow-pack that remains is super-saturated. Avalanche activity about the high alps has been rife, particularly about the southern half. Climbing conditions are currently dangerous about the Main Range!

Previous Update (04/11/2019): Very warm weather persists; freezing levels peaked over 4000m yesterday, and didn't get much below 2000m last night. Snow-pack is in collapse. Very strong NW winds this morning. We are in for about 5 days of heavy rain from tomorrow night (Tuesday).

Previous Update (03/11/2019): Another extremely poor overnight freeze (2000m+). Yesterday saw multiple wet snow sluffs develop on solar aspects at approx. 1030hrs (size 1 - 2 out of 1600m - 2000m terrain), today could be worse. Self arrests are poor in a wet surface pack. Fine weather for today & tomorrow however.

Previous Update (02/11/2019): Weak freeze last night (1600m) but several fine days developing now. With the high freezing level expect wet snow avalanche activity to develop around solar aspects by midday as temperatures soar.

Previous Update (30/10/2019): Unstable weather persists; gale southwesterlies are to develop today. There has been further dustings of fresh snow above 1000m in the past 24 hours, though much of this has melted back to 1650m on sub-ranges and 1500m on Main Range overnight.

The Main Range is still holding snow-pack to 1200m valley floors in some locations, all faces are still holding snow, northern faces are progressively shedding snow in avalanches. Sub-ranges are loosing snow on exposed ridges up to 1750m, but southern half protected areas have icy snow down to 1650m.

Previous Update (25/10/2019): A combination of rain/snowfall fell yesterday with freezing levels varying wildly throughout the day. The result of this stripped previous new snow back to about 1500m on solar aspects, southern aspects have remained intact. An overnight freeze has probably assisted in consolidating the pack to 1700m; above is still likely to have soft/wet surface pack upon a harder crusted pre-existing snow-pack. Strong SW winds forecast for today should be redistributing fresh snow to lee aspects.

Gales are forecast to develop by midday on Saturday, with storms developing by Sunday (typical Labour weekend).
  • Black Range (1800m) - Jordan Saddle(New) 30/11/2019
    Black Range (1800m) - Jordan Saddle
  • Mt Avoca (2131m)(New) 30/11/2019
    Mt Avoca (2131m)
  • Mt Greenlaw (2315m)(New) 30/11/2019
    Mt Greenlaw (2315m)
  • Mt Guinevere (2042m)(New) 30/11/2019
    Mt Guinevere (2042m)
  • Mt Harper (2222m) - East Aspect(New) 30/11/2019
    Mt Harper (2222m) - East Aspect
  • Mt Rolleston (2212m) - Low Peak(New) 30/11/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2212m) - Low Peak
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access(New) 30/11/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Stewart (1934m)(New) 30/11/2019
    Mt Stewart (1934m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face29/11/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide29/11/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Castle Hill Peak (1998m)28/11/2019
    Castle Hill Peak (1998m)
  • Mt Cloudsley (2107m)28/11/2019
    Mt Cloudsley (2107m)
  • Mt Enys (2194m)28/11/2019
    Mt Enys (2194m)
  • Mt Torlesse (1961m)28/11/2019
    Mt Torlesse (1961m)
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)25/11/2019
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)25/11/2019
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face25/11/2019
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Blimit (1921m)24/11/2019
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)24/11/2019
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Oates (2041m)12/11/2019
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Mt Cheeseman (2031m)25/10/2019
    Mt Cheeseman (2031m)
  • Mt Izard (2019m)25/10/2019
    Mt Izard (2019m)
  • Mt Olympus (2094m)25/10/2019
    Mt Olympus (2094m)
  • Hills Peak (1640m)23/10/2019
    Hills Peak (1640m)
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)23/10/2019
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)23/10/2019
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)23/10/2019
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - South aspect23/10/2019
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - South aspect
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)23/10/2019
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)23/10/2019
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
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Weather Information
7 Dec

7 / 12ºC
8 Dec

1 / 10ºC
9 Dec

3 / 12ºC
10 Dec

4 / 14ºC
11 Dec

7 / 17ºC
12 Dec

8 / 20ºC
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Update:07/12/19 09:30hrs
Update: 7/12/19 8:29hrs NZST
Sunrise: 4:48hrs
Sunset: 20:02hrs
Temperature: 11.8ºC  (Rising)
Temperature (Low): 10.3ºC
Temperature (High): 13.2ºC
Wind Chill: 10.1ºC
Humidity: 59%  (Falling)
Barometer: 998.52mb (Falling)
Wind Speed: 19km/h
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Gust: 85km/h (1:47hrs)
Cloud Base: 1693m ASL
Freezing Level: 2845m
Daily Rainfall: 23.4mm  (*Stn 2)
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr (*Stn 2)
24 Hour Rain: 42.2mm (*Stn 2)


Rainfall: 14.73mm
High Rain Rate:  6.3mm/hr @ 6:59hrs 07/12/2019
Temp Low: 10.6ºC
Temp High: 11.8ºC
Wind Gust:  0.0kmph @ 
Dom.Wind Dir: North
Barometer Low: 998.3mb
Last Update: 07/12/2019 08:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Snow Fall-Line: 2190m
Alt. Temp: 6.4ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 40.3kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 44.1kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 52.4kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: 1.1ºC
Alt. Air Pressure: 801hPa
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 127.2mm (Today: 14.7mm)
Last Snowfall: 3 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 7.2cm
Snowpack Depth: 0.0cm
Windslab S: 9.0cm
Windslab E: 8.1cm
2 Day
3 Day
Carrington Hut07/12/2019 - 05:59hrs31.5mm81mm95.5mm
Mid Poulter River07/12/2019 - 06:01hrs5.0mm5.5mm7.5mm
Grasmere Stn07/12/2019 - 05:58hrs3.0mm3mm3mm
Mt Cheeseman07/12/2019 - 05:58hrs3.0mm3mm3mm
Upper Styx River07/12/2019 - 08:00hrs22.5mm107mm135mm

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