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Snow-capped peaks abound on the route from Christchurch in the east to Greymouth on the rugged West Coast. Arthur’s Pass Township is only a small settlement on this dramatic road, first carved into the mountains in 1864 and later joined, in 1923, by the spectacular TranzAlpine Railway.

On the western side of the Alps, where the rainfall is high, the park is clad in a dense and varied rainforest and on the drier eastern slopes, mountain beech forests and tussock-covered river flats predominate.

Exploring the park

Many of the peaks in the National Park area are over 2,000 m, with the highest being Mount Murchison at 2,400 m.

There are plenty of day walks: of particular note are the Bealey Valley Track, which is a three- to four-hour walk through Mountain Beech forests, or the walk to Devil’s Punchbowl, where a waterfall cascades magnificently over 100 meters.

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