One-way journey to explore Arthur’s Pass National Park
The first ever national park in New Zealand’s South Island is absolutely stunning, dividing the Southern Alps with the Canterbury Plains to the north. It is filled with forests, mountains, rivers and spectacular scenery and State Highway 73 passes right through it, from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the west.
State Highway 73 is a winding mountain road and a portion of it (Arthur’s Pass) is the highest road in the Southern Alps. The entire drive through the park is magnificent, and a campervan hire is the best way to make this truly spectacular journey. It is best to start in Christchurch, as this is where the best selection of vehicles are offered, including the Hi Top Budget Finder, the more comfortable Path Seeker 2 Berth Deluxe and the large Trail Explorer. These are available through top suppliers such as Budget Campers, Freedom Campers and Tui Campers.
Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city and can easily be explored by campervan before heading off on this picturesque journey across the island. Visit museums, parks, botanical gardens and shopping centres and then head west along State Highway 73 towards Arthur’s Pass National Park. Pass through the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park, stopping for a night or two to enjoy hiking and fishing before continuing on to the national park.
Once arriving in the park head to Arthur’s Pass village where there are plenty of places to park the campervan in order to explore the stunning natural scenery. Hike to the Devil’s Punchbowl falls, Avalanche Peak or Bealey Valley, and spot birds such as kea parrots, spotted kiwi and black-fronted tern. Upon finishing the exploration continue along State Highway 73 to the west coast where you will return the campervan hire in Greymouth.
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