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Arthur's Pass walks for families

Track category

Short walk


Arthur’s Pass Village Historic Walk

Time: Total walk takes 1 hr 30 min but you can choose to do less

Start at the visitor centre where you can purchase a pamphlet outlining the walk, which goes through and beyond the village. Some sections are footpath, suitable for prams; other sections are tracks. Walk to ten plaques scattered around and throughout the village.

Millennium Walk

Time: 10 min
Distance: 40 m one way

Starting at the visitor centre, this short walk, suitable for prams, takes you over a little stone bridge where you can see Avalanche Creek Waterfall. From here you can continue along the path to bring you to a viewing platform closer to the waterfall, but this section is steep and may be difficult for prams.

Toddler on Old Coach Road Track. Photo: S Webb.
Moss captures the attention of toddler
William Webb, on the Old Coach Road
Track, Arthur's Pass

Old Coach Road

Time: 30 min return
Distance: 1.1 km

This walk starts at Greyneys Shelter, 6 km east of Arthur’s Pass Village on SH 73. This easy family walk is suitable for all-terrain buggies, and loops through the beech forest following the old coach road. At the northern end of the track there is a rope handrail - shut your eyes and use your other senses as you move through the forest.

Getting there

These walks are all in Arthur's Pass National Park, a 2 hour drive from Christchurch on SH73 towards the West Coast.


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Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 318 9211
Address:   State Highway 73
Arthur's Pass
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Rangiora Office
Phone:      +64 3 313 0820
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