During our road trip through New Zealand’s South Island, we did the incredible drive across the island from Christchurch to the West Coast. This leg of the journey took around 3 hrs to drive, minus all stops for photo opportunities – believe me, there are plenty of those.
Arthur’s Pass mountain pass takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain ranges with snow capped peaks and wide turquoise river crossings – well I imagine they would be turquoise when the snow melts and they’re flowing wildly.
The township of Arthur’s Pass is quite small, we didn’t stop there but kept on to one of the most beautiful pieces of modern engineering I’ve had the pleasure of seeing – the Otira Viaduct. Built to over come a rather dangerous stretch of road that was prone to constant avalanches and closures, the viaduct spans over 440 meters and it is quite a site to be seen. Definitely worth the stop at the lookout, but be careful the signs are hard to see and we nearly missed it all together.
If you have the chance to cross the stretch between the East and West Coasts of New Zealand I would highly recommend Arthur’s Pass mountain pass, it’s well worth the effort.