2024 New Zealand Trip – Part 11

Arthur’s Pass – Otira – Castle Hill

May 24-25

  • Road trip to Arthur’s Pass. Arrived around noon and had some lunch. Attempted Temple Basin Ski track, but I turned back and Connor and Tayla continued. Instead, I walked on the Arthur’s Pass Walkway Track – a much more leisurely walk. Met back at the car after 4pm.
  • Drove to Otira Stagecoach Hotel. A restored stagecoach hotel originally built in 1865. Met Lester (owner) and Samanta and had a great night. Dinner, some drinks, played pool, and met a father and son from Auckland.
  • In the morning, we drove to Devil’s Punchbowl Falls and spend about an 1h doing the there-and-back walk. Lunch in the sun at picnic table at the trailhead.
  • Drove to the Vistor’s Centre.
  • Drove to Castle Hill and did the short walk around the boulders.
  • Back to Christchurch.
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