Christchurch New Zealand Holiday – This is Arthur’s Pass

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Christchurch New Zealand Holiday – Arthur’s Pass

Recorded January 15, 2007. Arthur’s Pass is a mountain pass in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. It marks part of the boundary between Westland and Canterbury, 87 miles from Christchurch and 59 miles from Greymouth.

The pass lies in a saddle between the valleys of the Otira River, a tributary of the Taramakau, in the west and the Bealey River in the east. State Highway 73 passes over Arthur’s Pass and is the highest of only three roads crossing the Southern Alps.

Previously prone to be blocked by landslides or avalanches, the road on the western side of the pass has seen extensive civil engineering work in the late 1990s. Most notably, the impressive Otira Viaduct, near the settlement of Otira and spanning 440 metres of unstable terrain, was completed in 1999.

This video covers my road trip across the Southern Alps of New Zealand. I begin with a jetboat trip through the spectacular Waimakariri River canyon after which I cross the pass and end the video at the scenic Otira Viaduct. From:

Duration : 0:6:30

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