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the heart of the Southern Alps, is Arthur's Pass (el. 920 m.), one of
three mountain passes through the Southern Alps of the South Island of New
Arthurs Pass township is located about 5 km south of the mountain pass and provide accommodation, general store with petrol facility, cafe, restaurant, camping ground and is Park Headquarters and Visitor Information Centre for Arthurs Pass National Park.
The Midline railway line
between Christchurch and Greymouth and State Highway 73 runs through the
park, giving easy access to the alpine zone.
The highest mountains have glaciers and surrounding them are tussock basins, flowering herbs and alpine grasses.
Arthur's Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. They range from eastern beech clad hills and tussock valleys to the luxuriant rain forest in the west.
Craigieburn Conservation Park is a small mountainous park adjoining the
Arthurs Pass National Park on the drier eastern side of the Main Divide.
Known for its ski fields, it also offers good tramping, camping and