Arthur's Pass track ready tomorrow

Last updated 05:00 14/03/2014

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A new walking track stretching from Arthur's Pass village to the top of the pass itself will open tomorrow.

Department of Conservation partnerships ranger Chris Stewart said the track, which had been planned for years, would be officially opened as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first European discovery of Arthur's Pass.

The 4-kilometre track, which links up with existing routes, follows part of the trek that Maori and European travellers took to climb over the Pass.

"It showcases the best of Arthur's Pass with diverse vegetation, waterfalls, wetlands and rich history interspersed with stunning views of the mountains," he said.

Stewart said the flat track, which climbed about 200 metres from the village, had been designed for people of all ages in mind.

Those who wanted a longer walk could explore one of the existing offshoots, or continue straight through to the top of the pass.

It will be opened by a descendant of Arthur Dudley Dobson, whose name the alpine pass commemorates.

The opening will take place at 11am in the Punchbowl car park, followed by a free guided walk of the track.

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- The Press

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