A walk from the village to the pass, with side-shows like the Devil Punchbowl, Jack's Hut, the Bealey Chasm and Dobson Memorial.
The track starts from the carpark at the top end of the village, from where the start of the track is signposted.
Pass the junction with Devil Punchbowl Walk and weave through the mountain beech forest to the lookout over the Bridal Veil Falls.
This section of track is referred to as the Bridal Veil Walk and is 45 minutes return (2 km).
You can then continue under electricity pylons to meet SH73 at Jacks Hut (50 minutes one-way from the village).
Cross the road and pass the junction with the Bealey Valley Tracks and continue for a further 1.8 km to Arthurs Pass lookout and the Dobson Nature Walk.
Return via the same route, or exit at Temple Basin carpark and hitch back to the village.
Around 1000 men worked in beastly conditions to construct the road, which when completed in 1866 provided the first access to the West Coast and goldfields. William Cawley’s stage coach service took 36 hours to get from Christchurch to Hokitika on a good day. A week if the weather packed in.
Jack’s Hut was built in 1879 at Rough Creek, as a roadman’s hut and was shifted to its present site in around 1910. Once the rail tunnel opened in 1923, there was less need for a roadman to be stationed in the area. The hut was bought by Grace and Guy Butler and renovated to be the family crib (holiday home). Thanks to community efforts, the hut was restored in 2004.
Temple Basin is a club field with great terrain and a close-knit spirit of skiers.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Arthur's Pass
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