From Arthur's Pass township to Arthur's Pass...
Woo-hoo, I have finished study for 2015 so time to do some.....tramping!
I went for a tramp on the first day of the Labour Weekend break, just a day trip as we had plans to watch theWorld Cup All Blacks vs South Africa rugbygame on Sunday morning.
My original plan was for a trip up to Carrol Hut near Otira, but when I arrived at the car park at the base of the track I was meet with the still smouldering wreck of a car that had been set on fire. After reporting it to the Police, I decided that maybe this was not such an awesome place to park my car for 5-6 hours.
|Punchbowl Falls from the Arthur's Pass Walking Track car park|
Arthurs Pass Walking TrackThe Arthur's Pass Walking Track follows the path taken by Arthur Dobson an early surveyor and the first European to cross the Pass between the Bealey and Otira rivers back in the 1880's.
|Car park at the start of the Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track: information board at car park|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track: details of the board|
|Track junction for Punchbowl Falls and Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Walkin' Great Walk styles....on the Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track: First of MANY steps!|
|Dense bush to side of Arthur's Pass Walking Track|
|Arthur's Pass Walking Track: example of the bridges en route|
|Jon on one of the bridges, Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Mt Rolleston and Mt Bealey from Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Waterfall on the south side of the Bealey Valley|
|Flanks of Mt Avalanche from Arthur's Pass Walking Track|
|Arthur's Pass Walking Track: nice looking side stream|
|Dracophyllum traversii tree near Arthur's Pass|
|Track passing under the power pylons|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track : a stairway to heaven.....?|
|"Goblin" forest on the Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|View north west towards Mt Rolleston, Bealey Valley|
|Historic Jacks Hut, SH 73 near Arthurs Pass|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track: there be the track......!|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track, approaching the tarns on the pass|
|Mt Rolleston and Bealey Valley from the Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Start of the alpine bog-lands looking down valley, Arthur's Pass|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track : alpine bog-lands looking up valley|
|Arthurs Pass - Highway 73 looking east or down valley|
|Interpretive panel- Alpine plants near Arthurs Pass Tarns|
|No name falls near Temple Basin ski field from the Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
The whole of Arthur's Pass National Park has been shaped by ice, wind and water.
|Glacial moraine field near Arthurs Pass|
|Jon standing on Arthur's Pass|
|Series of tarns on Arthurs Pass|
|Looking East towards Otira Valley|
|A more basic DOC track heading to Otira Valley|
|One of the small tarns on Arthurs Pass|
|Arthur Dobson Memorial from the Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Arthurs Pass: one of the interpretive panels- glacial action|
|View west towards the West Coast from Arthur's Pass tarns|
|One of the many bridges on the Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|View towards Mt Bealey from alpine bog lands|
Below is a view of Jacks Hut from the opposite (southern) side of SH73. There are tracks from this point to the "Chasm" (a point where the Bealey River goes underground) and the Bealey Valley Track both of which are worth a look.
|Jacks Hut from far side of SH73, Arthur's Pass|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track : one of the picturesque side streams|
|Stopped for a snack on the Arthurs Pass Walking Track|
|Arthurs Pass Walking Track : new stairs to climb and descend a gully|
|Young Dracophyllum traversii alpine tree|
I am told that DOC have up graded the track to the falls and they now a wonder of board walk and platforms, I will have to visit sometime to confirm this.
|Punchbowl Falls from near the Arthur's Pass Walking Track car park|
|Close-up of Punchbowl Falls from the car park|
|View up Bealey Valley towards Arthurs Pass|