Arthur's Pass National Park


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21 Face-to-Face

11 DOC Centres

7 Arthur's Pass

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Kea on Avalanche Peak - Photo: Timothy Ensom
Devil's Punchbowl - Photo: DOC


Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.

DOC Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre is staffed by DOC rangers who have firsthand, in-depth local knowledge. We provide information about:

•Walks and hiking - short walks, multi-day hikes, Great Walks
•Track conditions, weather, and safety
•Hut and Campsite bookings
•Heritage sites
•Marine reserves
•Conservation projects
•Local stories, legends and history - our nature, our people

• Arthur’s Pass National Park
• Native birds include the kea, the world’s only alpine parrot, and the Great Spotted Kiwi (Roroa).
• Walk to a nearby waterfall or hike up an alpine peak

In the heart of the unique alpine village of Arthur's Pass, high in the spectacular Southern Alps.

Since becoming the South Island’s first National Park in 1929, Arthur’s Pass has gained a world-wide reputation for alpine recreation, as well as for its stunning natural history.


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DOC Canterbury

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  • DOC Centres
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

Nov-March 8:00am-5:00 pm daily
April-Oct 8:30am-4:30pm daily
Christmas Day closed


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Stefanie Giese


Ranking: 10/10

I have seldomnly felt as good as in here. The person was highly knowledgable and really took into account what we wanted before giving us information. GREAT.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Art Ruisenor

United States

Ranking: 10/10

The ladies in this office were beyond helpful and really went above and beyond to help us plan a great day and place to camp even with the terrible weather.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Elisa Felising


Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly and helpful. The weather forecast was very bad and the guy in the office pointed one walk where the rain would not be that bad. Had a great four hour walk without rain.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Guido Dust


Ranking: 8/10

Nice staff, free weather forecast, maps for sale.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Gloria Hanke


Ranking: 8/10

Got all the information we needed. The maps were for sale, but we did not need them.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Pavel Jarolimek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Totally different to an i-Site! It looks lovely inside, also they have museum and something like an information room about birds, town......

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Philip Schumann


Ranking: 9/10

Friendly, clean, we already knew what we wanted to do, so cannot really say how helpful they would have been. Told us about freedom camping sites, checked with Rankers - it was correct information.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ranking: 6/10

We got the information we needed (free campground, tracks) and they were friendly. Compared to our holiday in Australia we feel people there (Australia) love to tell you more and love chatting to you more.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ranking: 10/10

Good information about the weather forecast and day walks and there is a small museum inside.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Cameron Tarbotton


Ranking: 9/10

Seemed like a good information source if you are doing a multi-day tramp. I did not have time this trip but the staff were open for a chat.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Angela Neville

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting displays - would have stayed longer but they were closing (5pm) and asked us to leave!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Daniel Naveh


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice and helpful people.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mayan Goddat


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice and helpful people. Also interesting information about the Kiwi.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014