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.