If you like to hike, no trip through Arthur’s Pass is complete without a trip up Avalanche Peak. There are two tracks to the summit, both coming out right at the village, creating an epic loop option. In classic kiwi fashion, there are no switchbacks, no gentle grading, the track just gets you the heck UP, and it’s fantastic! About a third of the way up you emerge from the bushline, saying goodbye to gnarled and stunted mountain beech trees, and hello to a landscape of rock scree and maybe snow – depending on the time of year.
From here on you only want to go up in good conditions, because although this a super accessible day walk, it is still an alpine environment and should be taken seriously. But if the sun is shining, press on soldier! Follow a series of orange snow poles and the views will unfold in all direction. I think one of the coolest parts is getting to the top and seeing the Crow glacier from above. Then sit down for a sandwich and await the arrival of the cheeky kea. The world’s only mountain parrot, the kea is mega inquistive and
intelligent, but sadly this natural curiosity is feeding it’s demise… Check out the Kea Conservation Trust or here on Facebook to see what you can do to help save our most friendly endangered species.
After making your descent, pop into the Wobbly Kea for a cold beer!
Written by my very inspiring, great friend Tarsh – an amazing adventure ‘goddess of the mountains’.