Showing posts with label Avalanche Shelter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Avalanche Shelter. Show all posts

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Campsites in Arthurs Pass National Park

A variety of camp-sites in Arthur's Pass...

There are a number of camp sites within the park, all of them are accessible from SH73 so you tend to share them with freedom campers and tourists in camper vans. There is one on the western side and five on the eastern side of Arthur's Pass.

Kelly Creek Camp-site: West Coast

Kelly creek camp-site is on the western side of the Main Divide about 2 kilometres past Otira settlement. It is a very basic camp-site located next to the car-park along Kelly's Creek. There is a nice 30 walk near here called the Cockayne Nature Walk. This is also the start of the track to Carroll Hut on the ridges over looking Kelly's Creek. 

Kelly's Creek car-park and camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Located 20 km west from VISITOR CENTRE on Highway 73.
  • FREE
  • NO Advance Bookings - first in, first served!
  • Camper vans permitted (no powered sites)
  • Facilities: Long drop toilet, water is from Kelly's Creek (treat before use)
  • No pets permitted under any circumstances.
  • Take your rubbish with you!
  • Note: Roadside shelter was removed in December 2007!

There are a lot of car break-ins at this car park so hide any valuables out of sight if you leave your car here for any length of time.

Avalanche Creek, Camp-site and day shelter

The main camp-site and the one closest to Arthur's Pass township is the Avalanche Creek shelter and camp-site. There is space here for about 10 small tents as well as lots of space for camper vans to park. The shelter is large and can easily hold a sizeable number of people. 

Note: you may not sleep inside the shelter and this is regularly policed by the local DOC Rangers.

Avalanche Creek Shelter and camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Located across road from the Arthur's Pass DOC visitor centre
  • NO Advance Bookings - first in, first served!
  • Camper vans permitted (no powered sites)
  • Cost $8 pp / night. Payable at site, or DOC Visitor Centre opposite.
  • Facilities: Water, toilets, day-use shelter with tables, rubbish disposal.
  • No pets permitted under any circumstances.
  • No open fires permitted!
  • Warning: Do not leave your tent unattended as the Kea will dismantle it for you!


Avalanche Creek Shelter and camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park

Plenty of space for camper vans at the Avalanche Creek Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park


Avalanche Creek Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park

Interior of the Avalanche Creek Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park

Interior of the Avalanche Creek Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park

Interior of the Avalanche Creek Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park

 
Useful information board in the Avalanche Creek Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park

 The Avalanche Peak Track starts close to this shelter, it is located right next to the DOC visitor centre on the opposite side of SH73.

Greyney's shelter & camp-site

Greyney's Shelter camp-site  is the start point for a number of tracks: the Old Coach Road, the Mingha-Deception Track and the route to Edwards Hut. There is space for about 3-6 smaller tents, SH73 is right next to the camp-site so it is a bit noisy. There is no water anywhere near here so you need to bring supplies with you.


The camping area at Greyney's Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Located 5 km east from Arthur's Pass DOC visitor centre on Highway 73.
  • FREE
  • NO Advance Bookings - first in, first served!
  • Camper vans permitted (no powered sites)
  • Facilities: Day use shelter, long drop toilet
  • Limited camping space!
  • No pets permitted under any circumstances.
  • Take your rubbish with you!
  • Fires in shelter fireplace only!


Greyneys Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park


Interior of Greyneys Shelter, Arthur's Pass National Park

 Klondyke Corner shelter & camp-site

 The Klondyke Corner shelter and camp-site is located on the edge of the national park just off SH73. The shelter is open to all visitors and is open on three sides with a fourth wall which includes an open fireplace. The camp-site is very basic there is no water so it is really meant to be used by camper vans or self contained campers. 

Klondyke Corner Shelter at the edge of Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Located 8 km east from Arthur's Pass DOC visitor centre on Highway 73.
  • FREE- no charge to camp
  • NO Advance Bookings - first in, first served!
  • Camper vans permitted (no powered sites)
  • Facilities: Day use shelter, long drop toilets
  • Take your rubbish with you!
  • No pets permitted under any circumstances.
  • No open fires permitted!
  • Warning: Do not leave your tent unattended as the Kea will dismantle it for you!

Klondyke Corner camp-site in Arthur's Pass National Park


Klondyke Corner camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park


Klondyke Corner Shelter with Bealey Spur in background

It would be a bit dusty here if any breeze was blowing...

Hawdon Valley shelter & campsite

There is a vast section of Arthur's Pass to the east of the Waimakariri River in the Hawdon/Andrews and Poulter River Valleys. All of these areas have many excellent tramping destinations and there are also two camp-sites. 

Looking North west into the Hawdon River Valley, Arthur's Pass National Park


The Hawdon Valley camp site is the largest in the whole park and comprises a area of bush with a huge open space around it. You could easily pitch a thousand tents here and still have space to spare. The valley is accessed from the Mt White bridge turn-off about 30 km's east of Arthur's Pass. 



Turn off to the Hawdon Valley, Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Located 27 km east from Arthur's Pass DOC visitor centre. Turn off onto Mt White Road and follow signs.
  • FREE- no charge to camp
  • NO Advance Bookings - first in, first served!
  • Camper vans permitted (no powered sites)
  • Facilities: Long drop toilet, day-use shelter.
  • No pets permitted under any circumstances.
  • Take your rubbish with you!
  • No open fires permitted! There is a fireplace in the shelter that may be used.


Crossing the Mt White bridge to the Hawdon Valley

Entrance to the Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park


The Hawdon Shelter and upper terrace, Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park


Hawdon Shelter, Hawdon Valley, Arthur's Pass National Park

Below are some photos of the camping area and particular spots where it might be good to pitch a tent...

Masses of space at the Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park


Example of the spots at the Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park

Some campers in residence over a recent weekend...Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park

Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park


No fires allowed at the Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park


The ubiquitous DOC long drop...Hawdon Camp-site, Arthur's Pass National Park

This camp-site will be very busy at the start of any long weekend, over Easter and in the Christmas/New Years break. It is sandfly heaven so if you are camping here get used to raising your tent at the speed of light or they will consume you alive....

Andrews Shelter shelter & campsite

There is a camp-site and enclosed day shelter at the end of the Andrews River on the Andrews-Binser Saddle Route. The Andrews shelter is on the road to Mt White Station it is approximately 6 kilometres from the Mt White bridge over the Waimakariri River.  The shelter is quite nice, the camp site is a scratch affair, it is basically the flat area surrounding the shelter. 


Andrews Shelter on the Mt White Station Road, Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Located 29 km east from Arthur's Pass DOC visitor centre. Turn off onto Mt White Road and follow signs.
  • FREE- no charge to camp
  • NO Advance Bookings - first in, first served!
  • Camper vans permitted (no powered sites)
  • Facilities: Long drop toilet, day-use shelter.
  • No pets permitted under any circumstances.
  • Take your rubbish with you!
  • No open fires permitted!

The Red Beast parked at the Andrews Valley car-park in 2012...



Andrews Shelter from the Mt White Station road, Arthur's Pas National Park

Andrews Shelter and the surrounding flat camping ground, Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park: the shelter and camping area at Andrews Shelter

The Andrews Valley Track is next to the shelter

Again...lots and lots and lots of sand-flies here.....