Story: Canterbury places

Arthur’s Pass

Arthur’s Pass

Arthur’s Pass, a route across the Southern Alps between the headwaters of the Ōtira and Bealey rivers, has a rugged grandeur. Marking the boundary between Canterbury and Westland, it has been used as a route to the West Coast by both Māori and Europeans. The road replaced a track in 1866, giving access to the West Coast goldfields.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - Porters Pass to Arthur’s Pass', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015