Adventure up to vast views
While Arthur’s Pass is a popular route for those wanting to head the scenic way to the West Coast, few people actually take the time to explore the variety of trails on offer. Sure, a short walk to the Devil Punchbowl Waterfall is nice (and we can totally do that), but there is so much more to see in this absolutely stunning and characteristic region.
Join me on this full-day adventure and I’ll show you one of the best lookouts around.
We can trail run (one of my favourite outdoor hobbies) or hike up to the hut – simply select your preference below in the extras. You can also chat with me once you booked the trip about the requirements.
Located on the way to the historic Bealey Spur Hut, an easy-going track leads through sub-alpine terrain and Middle-earth-ish landscape, until reaching a small plateau. Here, we can enjoy lunch and take a break to admire the views over Arthur’s Pass and the Waimakariri Valley stretching out in front of us.
A day packed with stunning mountain views, native bush and NZ history – don’t miss out on this classic Canterbury Adventure close to Christchurch.
I’m an absolute outdoors nut that is always up for a challenge. I love NZ and love showing and teaching others about our beautiful homeland even more. If I’m not paddling, pedalling or running you will find me hiking in the mountains. As a born and bred Kiwi I love everything to do with this beautiful place. I truly believe it is one of the best places on earth and there is no better way to see it than by getting out and exploring. I have a passion for teaching others about the outdoors and love to see people thriving in the NZ wilderness. I have a creative streak so you may even get to experience some outdoor crafts on your journey, or some fresh baked goods.
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Rugged peaks, rare wildlife and a historic hut
To make the most out of our day, we’ll start our Adventure bright and early. While the Southern Alps get bigger and bigger in front of us as we drive, we’ll stop in Sheffield for a traditional Kiwi breakfast – coffee and pie (depending on whether we’re running or not). There is a shop here that stands as one of Canterbury’s finest. If there is no queue, you’d usually drive right past it, but for us, it’s an absolute must for those heading to the mountains let’s get those bellies full, please!
The drive leads us past a stunning, diverse landscape which we can explore on the way back. For now, we’ll make our way to the car park and start the steady climb to arrive at the lookout just in time for lunch. Any meal tastes better with a view like this.
There is still some more hiking to do before we reach the hut and can get another brew on, before exploring the area. Let’s try to spot some of our local wildlife too. I can also tell you more about the history that shaped the National Park and the native vegetation… Arthur’s Pass has something for everyone and there is plenty to know about.
Once we’ve retraced our steps and snapped enough photos, we can either return to the city or make a small detour to Arthur’s Pass Village. You can often see cheeky kea around here who sing and fly between the mountains that drop into the high street. There are also some good cafés and bars if you want a break.
On the way back, we can explore some of the various sights like the iconic limestone formations at Castle Hill or Cave Stream. You can decide what you’d like to see, it’s your tour.
Trail Run Bealey Spur
If exploring the outdoors at a fast pace is your idea of a good time, we’re going to get on just fine! I offer this tour as a trail running Adventure for those keen to stretch their legs. We’ll start at the car park where a short, gentle run up the village will stretch the legs and warm the blood. After a check of gear, we’ll begin our run. It’s a steady climb and the pace will need to be set from the get-go – but we will judge how we go on the day.
Plenty of other athletes trail run this route due to its wide-open tracks, epic views and good places to rest. If you’re up for it to, ensure you have the correct gear, have had a good nights rest and we’ll smash it out.
There are plenty of other trail running options around this region. Time permitting, I can show you them or at least talk about how to get to them – it’s a diverse and exciting place.
All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!
750ML Water Bottle
Sunscreen & hat
Top Base layer
Torch & Batteries
Warm hat & gloves (March to October)
Cutlery, bowl & cup
Lighter / Matches
Personal First Aid Kit
Warm hiking layer
There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.
Sheffield Pie Shop
We can stop at the infamous Sheffield Pie Shop on our way to Arthur's Pass for a traditional Kiwi breakfast - vegetarian options available.+ $6 NZD
At no extra cost, we can opt to trail run this track and get up much quicker than usual - more time to explore the area! This is one of my favourite hobbies and I would love to give it a go with you.Free
Q & A
Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.
How fit do I have to be?
Although people from all backgrounds and fitness levels have done this hike, it's not without its efforts. You'll handle it, but it's a good day of exercise.
I recommend to bring lots of water and we can opt to hike this instead of trail run if you want to take it easy.
What do I need to trail run this?
I usually take lightweight and breathable gear, like a merino wool shirt, leggings, hiking socks and trail running shoes with proper grip. (I will be checking everyone's grip before we head out - strictly no trainers please).
You will also need a water bottle or camelback to keep hydrated and a running vest or small daypack is handy for storing your water and food. I also recommend bringing a sunhat and sunglasses.
Will I see Kea on this trip?
While kea are often seen around Arthur’s Pass, sightings depend on a few factors like the current season, weather and kea activity.
Due to their (still unpredictable!) breeding behaviour and expansive habitat covering the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, we can’t promise you will see them, but the chances are higher than anywhere else in Canterbury.
Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.
What is the refund and cancellation policy?
Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.
What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?
In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.
What gear do I need?
Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.
Can I hire gear/equipment?
In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.
What food shall I bring?
Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.
Where do I meet my Bushman?
We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.
How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?
If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.
Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?
Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.
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