Arthur's Pass Mountain Climbs

There are several mountains immediately surrounding Arthur's Pass Village which offer a steep and challenging walk to the bushline. The tracks end at the bushline.

 You should only proceed further if:

  • You have left your intentions at the Arthur’s Pass Visitor Centre
  • You are experienced in tramping in New Zealand conditions
  • You have a map, compass, route information and navigation skills
  • You are well equipped with a rain jacket, warm clothing, and food and water
  • You have checked the weather forecast

Plan and Prepare

Be safe and beware - this is mountain country

  • Tell someone where you are going. You can record your name and intended walk on a Search and Rescue action card at the Arthur’s Pass Visitor Centre. These must be cancelled on your return by crossing off the card, or by phoning the Visitor Centre. 
  • Take warm clothing and raincoat, sunhat and sunscreen, something to eat and drink and strong footwear. Mountain weather can change quickly. 
  • Take a map - available from the Arthur’s Pass Visitor Centre. Boots are recommended footwear.
  • Check the weather forecast before you go.
  • Walking on tracks and routes above the bushline (the upper edge of the forest) is recommended only in good weather conditions. The routes are mostly unmarked and you need good visibility to find your way. Above the bush line you are exposed to the severity of the mountain weather.

 

When snow covers the ground routes will be less obvious and there may also be a danger of avalanches - snow climbing equipment is recommended. What to expect on a tramping track:

  • Challenging day or multi-day tramping/hiking  Track is mostly unformed with steep, rough or muddy sections
  • Suitable for people with good fitness. Moderate to high level backcountry skills and experience, including navigation and survival skills required
  • Track has markers, poles or rock cairns. Expect unbridged stream and river crossings
  • Tramping/hiking boots required

Mt Aicken

Time: 3 - 4 hr return to bushline
This track begins from the Devils Punchbowl Waterfall carpark. The turnoff is signposted 15 minutes up the Devils Punchbowl Waterfall track. The track passes an old pipeline that fed an electricity generator used during the rail tunnel construction. The track then climbs steeply to the forest edge.
Note: Routes beyond the bushline are not marked. For experienced alpine trampers only.

Mt Bealey

Time: 3 - 4 hr return to bushline
This track starts from a small carpark on the south side of Rough Creek. A tramping track zig-zags through the beech forest onto the main ridge leading to Mt Bealey.

Note: Routes beyond the bushline are not marked. For experienced alpine trampers only.

Mt Cassidy (Cons Track)

Time: 3 - 4 hr return to bushline
Steep! This track follows a steep crested ridge from the north side of Punchbowl Creek. The track ends at the bushline where there are good views of Arthur’s Pass village.

Note: Routes beyond the bushline are not marked. For experienced alpine trampers only.