Arthur's Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 739 m (2,425 ft) above the sea level, located within the Arthurs Pass National Park, the major national park in the center of the South Island New Zealand.
The road over the pass is called New Zealand highway 73 (also known as West Coast Road). It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Arthur’s Pass, climbing to more than 900 metres through Arthur's Pass National Park, is the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps.
The road is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It is a piece of extreme engineering involving viaducts, bridges, rock shelters and waterfalls redirected into chutes. The pass is a popular base for exploring Arthur's Pass National Park.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and a sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions. The road is majestic and beautiful but can be test of nerves for the driver. Particularly in winter, when snow and ice may cover the road and chains are recommended at times. Consider taking the train or coach to Arthur's Pass instead.