Explore the most popular Hiking trails in Arthur's Pass National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
rocky
snow
12 days ago

Very slippery following snow.

The best trail I did in nz. Icy snow on the track, Bring crampons or sticks.

Nice path with some stairs. For people with normal condition feasible. At the end, a nice waterfall awaits you.

Was not easy. lots of steps. was short and sweet. Beautiful views at the top

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome track! This is a real hiking track so bring proper boots etc.. Very rocky and there were some quite slippery and tricky parts of the track. A really cool day walk though and an amazing view!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Definitely one of the most challenging hikes that I've done but the view was stunning. The hike to the top required multiple rest stops because of the steep terrain. There's an option to climb to the final summit which is dependent on the wind conditions. It is recommended to make sure you pack lightly, bring enough food and water to keep you going for 8 hours. Coming down through Scott's Track was difficult to say the least. . I would highly recommend walking sticks to give you more stability as you walk - else, beware of loose rocks and large drops.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

completed in good weather and good track condition. Track was steep and have large steps in many places where climbing with hands is required. many places with loose rocks/gravel on the track; I slipped and fell once or twice. safety tip: when the terrain gets difficult, it's common to keep looking down at your feet to ensure good footing, but you will easily deviate from the track. make sure you keep an eye on the yellow/orange markers. went up Avalanche Peak track in 2hr 15mins with a few short breaks (20mins total) steady moderate-to-fast pace came down Scott's track in 2 hrs with a few short breaks (20 mins total)

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

WOW!! Without a doubt, the most incredibly beautiful and rewarding hike I've ever done. It proved a challenging hike with the elevation combined with an overnight pack. We did this as a point to point, not return. The scree slope return would be a killer! The initial hike up to Avalanche Peak via Scotts track is well signposted with metal stakes (waratahs) and takes you through a seemingly enchanted forest with its scramble over tree roots and rocks with beech trees and mossy surrounds. There is quite a bit of rock scrambling after this section and then when you come out, the view of the glaciers and mountain peaks is breath-taking. The way up continues along the dry grasses on the mountain top before more rock scrambling over rocky ridges nearer to the top. From Avalanche Peak to Crow Hut, the signposting is less clear. However, there are some cairns along the way as well as arrows made out of rocks that can be seen from a distance directing the way. Lots of movement through scree and over the rocky ridgeline then along the river at the bottom to get to Crow Hut. This detail from the pdf link for this route is helpful to get you from Avalanche Peak to Crow Hut: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/arthurs-pass-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/avalanche-peak-crow-river-route/. We stayed overnight at Crow hut. There was no booking required, standard hut and payment via parks pass. The next day is an easier approx 8km walk along through forest and then along river over rocks and through streams through to Klondyke Corner - see link. This part of the walk from Crow Hut to Klondyke Corner is better signposted - just look for the steel posts. A lovely way to end an incredibly beautiful hike. NZ is the most magnificent country!

Great views but not a easy one

Avalanche track very steep but great views all the way, amazing ridge to get to the top, pretty exposed! Then Scott's track was gentler on the way down

no shade
rocky
3 months ago

We hit this in the heat of the day and it was very hot. Go earlier and be prepared to walk up some rocky switchbacks. Nice views though, and cool to explore the buildings when they're not in season.

Pretty fun trail! Can make it up in less than an hour if you cut out some switchbacks and hit the vert! Nice view from the top.

hiking
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

I wouldn’t necessarily say this is easy for anyone who isn’t somewhat in shape. Lots of steps leading up to the waterfall, but well worth it nonetheless!

maybe the falls are better after heavy rainfall? Punchbowl is much better

Fantastic day March 9. Perfect weather, 15 C, unmatchable views. Tough, straight and down trail. I am in decent shape, nothing to spectacular, but able to keep pressing on with short breaks. Took me 3 hours to get up, 30 minutes on top, and 2 hours to get down. My GPS Garmin indicates the trail was 2.5 miles to the top. A beer never tasted better when done!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Super hard hike - practically a stone stairmaster on the way up and down poles are a must to help poor knees. Areas of rock scrambling and narrow ridge walking/ scrambling. Would be fun if it wasn't so long. 360 beautiful views at the top but no snow capped peaks in beginning of March. You still see the glacier. But not really worth it for the small far away glacier. I think there are better hikes in NZ that have better bang for your knees. Also disappointed I didn't see any keas! Took me 10hrs with lunch and lots of breaks

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