This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Arthur's Pass. To help you make friends with Arthur's Pass before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
One of the great national parks in New Zealand's South Island is Arthur's Pass, New Zealand. The park is incredibly beautiful and a lovely place to go for a one day or a multiple day hike. Take care, as it might be a bit harder to access the park in winter.
In the national park lies the little town with the same name. It's really tiny and there is absolutely nothing to see. People only come here as a base to set out for hiking. There are a couple shops with some basic camping utilities and food. The nearest supermarket is probably seventy kilometers away. So it's a good idea to stock up beforehand, as the price for food is considerably higher in Arthur's Pass.
There are three or four restaurants in town. There is also a Department of Conservation office, where you can get information on the hikes that you can do, on the condition of the trails, and on the weather forecast, which is very important when going trekking in this park.
When you don't have a tent, or simply need a hot shower and a comfy bed after going tramping, you'll be looking for accommodation. This can be scarce, especially in spring and summer, so book ahead of time. You can find some lodges and motels, but there are not that many hostels in Arthur's Pass, New Zealand. This place is really small, after all. Hostels in Arthur's Pass, New Zealand, are scarce, so they know their price. The hostels in Arthur's Pass, New Zealand, are clean and comfortable, as is the case with most hostels in New Zealand. But they overcharge, simply because you don't have much choice.
A visit to Arthur's Pass National Park is definitely recommended when in the South Island. It's beautiful, especially when the flowers are blossoming. And you don't need to go hiking for several days to see the best it has to offer. Some one-day hikes offer incredible views. But plan your trip, because hostels in Arthur's Pass, New Zealand are scarce and expensive.
Written by local enthusiast for Arthur's Pass hostelsMargaret