Temple Basin is located in the heart of the Southern Alps near Arthur’s Pass Village. It’s unique in that there is no access road to the top. Instead you leave your car at the bottom and make your way up on foot. Access to the ski area is via State Highway 73 which is sealed right up to the carpark. The drive from Christchurch to the Temple Basin car park takes approximately 1.5-2 hours. A 40-50 minute walk from the car park is needed to reach the ski area lodges, not a bad thing as the views are worth savouring.


Approximately 800 meters West of the car park you’ll find the Goods Lift which will send you gear skyward and lighten your load. It’s a good tip to hang onto your ski poles as they make the hike a little easier, if there’s snow to low levels it’s best to phone the mountain for an update as crampons may be an advantage. Generally hiking boots or running shoes with an aggressive sole are suitable footwear for the track.

To check road conditions call 0800 444 449 or visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic


Plan Your Trip

Daily bus and train services run through Arthur’s Pass between Christchurch and Greymouth. If you arrive at Christchurch International Airport we recommend that you take the following steps to get to Temple Basin.

1. Upon arrival at the airport, take a shuttle or taxi to a Central City Backpackers accommodation.

2. Book your accommodation in Christchurch. We recommend the following:

Around the World Backpackers Ph: +64 3 365 4363
Kiwi Base Camp Ph: +64 3 366 6770
Jailhouse Accommodation Ph: +64 3 982 7777
Foley Towers Ph: +64 3 366 9720

3. Book your transport to Temple Basin

Train Companies

KiwiRail – TranzAlpine
If travelling by train you need to book the Arthur’s Pass Shuttle to transport you from Arthur’s Pass to Temple Basin.
Depart: 8:15am
Free Ph: 0800 872 467 (Within New Zealand)
Ph: +64 4 4950775
TranzAlpine Train

Bus Companies

Robyn Willis – Private Tours
Can pick up from anywhere in the South Island
Ph: +274-359-414

West Coast Shuttles (to Greymouth)
Depart 3.00 pm
Ph: +64 3 768 0028

Atomic Travel
Daily pick-up service from Christchurch Airport (Antarctic Centre) at 8:50 am and drop off at Temple Basin goods lift at 11:00 am (Return Journey departs from goods lift at 2:45 pm)
Ph: +64 21 0867 6001

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