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When Lake Misery is low, you can carry on from the Nature Walk past the wetland area and through tall red tussock to the Otira Valley track.
Most of the short walks start at or near the Arthur's Pass village, on SH 73, about 150 km from Christchurch.
Several bus services run between Christchurch and the West Coast daily, stopping at the village. The Tranzalpine scenic train journey also stops at Arthur's Pass.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Springfield
There are 3 hikes here. A viewingpoint (40 return), lake Misery or the one we did: The Otira Valley Walk. A short (90 min. return with time for pictures) curious hobbittrail where you expect orcs behind every next big rock. For us hiking thru these Misty Mountains right before dusk (low clouds) made it magical and a bit creepy at the same time. It's a rocky trail so make sure you have sturdy footwear or hobbitfeet. Your ankles will appriciate. Stepping stones, rocktrail, over several creeks, following a glacier river, dried up avalance/rockslides, to a wooden bridge where the mountaineerpart starts and your return is. Best part: no tourists. Enjoy!
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Took us 90minutes return, did it in the wet but thoroughly enjoyed it. Being wet perhaps made it even better! Rocky path, fun to make own steppings.