Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass, previously called Camping Flat then Bealey Flats, and for some time officially Arthurs Pass, is a township in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, located in the Selwyn district. It is a popular base for exploring Arthur's Pass National Park.

Arthur's Pass
Township
Arthur's Pass Village
Arthur's Pass
Coordinates: 42°56′43.4″S 171°33′56.4″E
CountryNew Zealand
RegionCanterbury
DistrictSelwyn
Founded1906 (originally named Bealey Flat)
ElectoratesSelwyn
Te Tai Tonga
Area
  Total0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Elevation
739 m (2,425 ft)
Population
  Total29
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode
7654
Area code(s)03
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

Arthur's Pass township is about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of the mountain pass with the same name. Its elevation is 740 metres (2,430 ft) above sea level surrounded by beech forest. The Bealey River runs through the township. The town is located 153 kilometres (95 mi) from Christchurch a 2-hour drive on State Highway 73.