My husband and I stayed here after the Christchurch earthquake and canceled our plans there and extended them in Arthur's Pass and figured we're try and do some hiking.
We had no idea what to expect or how small this little village is. Wow! It is small! It's a little strip of buildings that you can walk. It's very lovely and beautiful here, but quite quite chilly compared to the other mountain areas like Hoktika, Fox Glacier and Queenstown which we visited.
We did not realize it would be such a small home (many B&Bs were huge in New Zealand due to the space), so best not to bring a lot of luggage. Aside from our room being freezing and not knowing we could have had a heater, our stay was nice. They offered us breakfast and prepared us soup for lunch on our two days so we could go hiking, which was very kind and most B&Bs do not offer that.
I'm glad we stayed here instead of at a motel, because we would not have known what to do or felt as at home in Arthur's Pass.
We brought a lot of food with us on our road trip because groceries can be expensive here, so best to load up in Christchurch if you want to make meals on the road as it can get very rural in between destinations.
It was nice to get to know local New Zealanders and what kind of life they live and how they love it here. It's such a beautiful country.
We were recommended to do Avalanche Peak if we had a whole day and we went up the easy "Scott's Track", I say easy lightly. It still took us about 7 hours to go up and down. Wow that was probably the hardest obstacle I've ever done in my life. At times we were tired, afraid we wouldn't ever see the top etc. There are MANY false peaks so you think you're almost there, but you're not. But we made it, we did not get hurt at all, we stayed safe, we walked carefully and made it to the top, and were all alone. It was amazing, so beautiful and we got so many great photos and videos at the top of the mountain. We were sore the next day but it improved our fitness so much that I know we can now climb mountains and enjoy it. If you cannot hike for 5-7 hours straight, do not go. But if you want to do it, start out early. Between 7 and 9 am would be the best start to give you enough time to enjoy it.
We did another hike the day before up to the Temple Basin ski area, and it was not as enjoyable, as you're walking up slippery gravel for the most part. So if you have time do Scott's track up to Avalanche peak.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have now reopened! Great food and friendly hosts in the heart of the Southern Alps. Geoff and Renée welcome you to share their home in the village of Arthur's Pass surrounded by the forest and peaks of Arthurs Pass National Park. Vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters catered for.Full cooked breakfast including free range bacon and eggs, pancakes and freshly baked bread. Excellent espresso coffee. ... more less