Temple Basin walk

Temple Basin walk

Arthur's Pass


7 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

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Time: 3 hr return

This track starts from above the bush-line at the SH 73 roadside car-park, five km north of Arthur’s Pass township. A nature photographer’s dream, the track zig-zags up the hill to an open tussock basin and the Temple Basin Ski Club buildings. On a clear day you get magnificent views of Mt Rolleston across the valley.


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DOC Canterbury

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South IslandCanterburyArthur's Pass


  • Walking
  • Free


Franz's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

The track is not really nice because it's just up a gravel roud but the view is nice

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ben Ioannou

Ranking: 10/10

It was a good one hour hike up the hill, quite slippery on a way back though so wear appropriate shoes! You're walking on the sunshine the whole hike and get all these amazing views -- highly recommended!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Adam Taylor

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect place to lose track of time. An amazing hike up river, either over river stones with a glacial river by your side or through the bush. Either/or absolutely awesome.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Gloria Hanke


Ranking: 7/10

Very steep, nice view from the top, took us 1 and a half hours one way.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ranking: 9/10

Great great great! LOTS of snow when we were there.
Knee-deep in the snow, going up. AMAZING views!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in October 2012

Conny's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Rocky and steep but a tiring walk. At the end a great view but not the best trail for children.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Stephan Imartina


Ranking: 8/10

Stunning view, less people, public shelter at Arthurs Pass very good for cooking and relaxing/waiting (for better weather).

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Cymen Crick

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