Avalanche Peak track

Avalanche Peak track

Arthur's Pass


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Avalanche Peak Track
Views of Avalanche Peak
Chilling enjoying the view on top of Avalanche Peak


Time: 6 - 8 hr return

This is the most popular day walking peak at Arthur’s Pass. It is the only peak in Arthur’s Pass that is marked by a poled route to the summit. The climb gains 1100m height from the village and, on a fine day there are amazing views of the surrounding peaks. There are a couple of tracks that lead to the summit, Scotts Track and Avalanche Peak Track, both of which start from Arthur’s Pass Village. Make sure you pick up a detailed DOC map from the visitors centre just down the road.

In the winter this area has high avalanche hazards - be prepared with the right gear and know how to use it.


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DOC Canterbury

Central government organisation


South IslandCanterburyArthur's Pass


  • Walking
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 33.

Matthew Hall's avatar

Matthew Hall

Ranking: 10/10

85% scramble, 15% tramp. Very steep all the way up but totally worth it for the views from the top. 6-8h is generous if you’re going at any sort of pace. Recommend the store at the bottom for generous scoops of well deserved ice cream ($3 2 scoops, $5 for 4!)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ramon Corbett

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Steep and tough, rocky climb up the Scotts Track. 6-8 hours return journey but the amazing view from above the bushline and at the peak makes it well worth the effort.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Sandra Piechoua

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Not too difficult track with nice views (also in bad weather) and climbing parts.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Daniel Weber


Ranking: 8/10

Very, very steep but it is totally worth it cause you have a 360 degree view from the top.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Wolfgang Ellenrieder


Ranking: 10/10

When good weather, there is a beautiful view over the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps. Track passes a steep bush area, Kea followed me while I was walking and were sitting very close to me (nice parrots).

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jared and Evi


Ranking: 9/10

Expect up to 8 hours of tramping depending on your fitness level. Pretty steep hike but the views and feel of accomplishment are worth it.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Isaliner and Mathieu

Ranking: 7/10

Probably the best track in Arthur's Pass. Better to start from the steepest way to go downhill more easily. If the weather is clear, the view of the glacier is very nice.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Very good views with a lot of Kea. The waterfall was very beautiful.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Martin Kroek's avatar

Martin Kroek

Ranking: 7/10

Really exhausting track! Beautiful view at the top!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Dennis Philippi


Ranking: 8/10

Good track, you climb a lot and you will feel exhausted after it!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jana Rutkowski


Ranking: 8/10

A very hard track (1800 metres just climbing up) - after that a very nice view, going down was also very hard! You must be fit.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Simeon W


Ranking: 9/10

An excellent and challenging 2 day trip with very steep or alternative flat climb to Avalanche Peak (both marked tracks) before reaching unmarked but not too difficult route over ridges and gravel pitches, plenty of easy river crossings, amazing view, very good hut conditions (except for the wood fire oven).

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Sona's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The track is steep but doable with little children (have to be carried). We had our 3year old with us and it was challenging but worth it. There was another family with a baby on the hill (half a year), much faster than us though...

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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