Arthur's Pass doesn't have much accommodation so we booked a whole cottage for 3 of us. This was good value and we had plenty of room. The decor is a bit institutional, but the cottage was clean and well equipped. Unfortunately we had appalling weather - it was bone dry on the Christchurch side of the mountains but bucketed for 24 hours at Arthur's Pass - absolute stair-rods the entire time. There was a wood-burning stove and plentiful supply of wood so the cottage was very cosy and warm. The plus side of the rain was that the Devil's Punchbowl waterfall was spectacular. There is some noise from the trains, but the rain just about drowned it out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- YHA Arthur’s Pass Mountain House is situated in the alpine village of Arthur's Pass, right on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, just two hours from Christchurch and ninety minutes from Greymouth. Accommodation consists of the main backpacker lodge set in the centre of town, a modern, heated, suntrap with great views, but still with a small hostel feel. Just opposite the Lodge is the historic YHA building with multi-share rooms perfect for backpacking groups. We also offer self contained cottages with log fires set in beautiful gardens and Motel units next door to our Lodges ... more less
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