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A HEAVY RAIN & GALEFORCE WIND WARNING is current for areas about and west of the Main Divide commencing Saturday (19/04/2014) through to early Sunday (20/04/2014).
Notes: Heavy Rain Warnings are issued if a storm might deliver in excess of 100mm of rain within 24hrs (or 50mm in 6hrs), please be aware rivers in Arthur's Pass will flood given only 20-30mm of rainfall.
Galeforce Wind Warnings are issued if a storm intensity may exceed 90km/h winds at 800m ASL.
A River High/Flood Alert is displayed if rivers have adversely reacted to heavy rainfalls in past 24 hours.
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Weather Outlook (730m)
19 Apr

7 / 14ºC
20 Apr

6 / 12ºC
21 Apr

3 / 11ºC
22 Apr

4 / 13ºC
23 Apr

3 / 11ºC
24 Apr

4 / 12ºC
25 Apr

6 / 12ºC
26 Apr

3 / 13ºC
27 Apr

3 / 11ºC
28 Apr

4 / 12ºC
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Moonrise 21:50hrs
Moonset 11:51hrs
Sunrise 7:09hrs
Sunset 17:52hrs
(All times NZST)
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General Conditions & Avalanche Risk
Saturday 19/04/2014: (Updated 1050hrs) Rain is expected to develop about & west of the Divide after midday with gale northerlies strengthening over the tops. Heavy rain by evening. New snow received a couple of days back has mainly been stripped from the Main & Craigieburn Ranges, large patches remain on the Torlesse Range.

Heavy rain tomorrow with gale NW winds, easing by night. Becoming fine on Monday morning. Mainly fine weather on Tuesday & Wednesday.

15 days of general grottiness in a row so far...

Climbing conditions are becoming Poor today about the Main Divide with heavy rain, northerly gales at higher levels and poor visibility expected to develop about the Divide from mid-afternoon. Main Range is likely to be clagged out from morning, though sub-ranges may remain clearer until afternoon.

Autumn is bringing the first snowfalls; these are unlikely to stick or build until late May, though ground temperatures are falling and some glacial features will become dangerously obscured.

Most ridge routes are now their "standard" summer choss condition, with bouts of fresh snow on occasion.

Glacial routes in the Park have been reported back as accessible - however rope-up for glacial travel as things are starting to open, and "bell-shaped features" or thin bridging can be common! Remnant gully ice is undermined by water.

Safe climbing for 2014!

  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)03/04/2014
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)03/04/2014
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m)03/04/2014
    Mt Bealey (1836m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)03/04/2014
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge03/04/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Carrington Peak (2010m)02/04/2014
    Carrington Peak (2010m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)31/03/2014
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)31/03/2014
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt O'Malley (1703m)31/03/2014
    Mt O'Malley (1703m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face31/03/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)30/03/2014
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face30/03/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide30/03/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Mt Temple (1913m)30/03/2014
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face30/03/2014
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Mt Greenlaw (2315m)29/03/2014
    Mt Greenlaw (2315m)
  • Mt Harper (2222m)29/03/2014
    Mt Harper (2222m)
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)29/03/2014
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Murchison (2408m)29/03/2014
    Mt Murchison (2408m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall29/03/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Upper Waimakariri Approaches29/03/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Upper Waimakariri Approaches
  • Mt Speight (2116m)29/03/2014
    Mt Speight (2116m)
  • Mt Edgar Evans (2019m)28/03/2014
    Mt Edgar Evans (2019m)
  • Blimit (1921m)23/03/2014
    Blimit (1921m)
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Avalanche Danger - LOW
  • Travel Advice: Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
  • Avalanche Activity: Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain.
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Park Shot

3/04/2014: Mt Rolleston viewed across Lake Anna (Mt Franklin) - APNP
(photo provided by Sally Widdowson with thanks)
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Getting High

3/04/2014: Paul Corwin surveying the way ahead to the south ridge of Mt Franklin (2145m) - APNP
(photo provided by Sally Widdowson with thanks)
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Park News
  • Cass-Lagoon track has windfall trees between Hamilton & West Harper Huts.
  • Taramakau River route has major landslips in headwater, Locke Stream hut no longer has a emergency radio, fallen trees & slips on Otira flood-track, and emergency shelter at Taramakau/Otira junction has washed away.
  • POO POTS are great (sold at Arthur's Pass VC) but they cannot be disposed of in the Arthur's Pass sewerage systems; also DO NOT put them in our waste bins; YOU CAN put them in long drop toilets at one of the huts or campsites.
  • The Poulter Valley track between the Mt White Road and the Browns Creek (Park Boundary) has large washouts, very difficult access by 4WD to Park boundary (Note: Must enter the Poulter riverbed to access). Foot & mountain bike OK access.
  • Lower Otehake swing-bridge has been removed permanently by DOC!
  • The lower Styx River route has severe damage - only accessible safely at low water (must cross).
  • The "bad boys" are back Both in Arthur's & Lewis Pass areas - Vehicle breakins are common place at car parks / Park entry points, leave no valuables in vehicle or park vehicle securely elsewhere; notify Police of any suspicious activity (take registrations)!
  • The Otehake Valley has severe damage (very slow going).

Local Weather Station Data
Update: 19/4/14 21:00hrs NZST
Sunrise: 7:09hrs
Sunset: 17:52hrs
Temperature: 9.9ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 9.8ºC
Temperature (High): 13.1ºC
Wind Chill: 7.0ºC
Humidity: 100%  (Stable)
Barometer: 995.0mb (Falling)
Wind Speed: 22.5km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 70.8km/h (13:09hrs)
Cloud Base:  730m ASL
Freezing Level: 2553m
Daily Rainfall: 25.91mm
Hourly Rain: 2.79mm/hr


Rainfall: 110.74mm
High Rain Rate:  5.9mm/hr @ 18:44hrs 15/04/2014
Temp Low:  4.1ºC
Temp High: 13.3ºC
Wind Gust:  70.8kmph @ 13:09hrs 19/04/2014
Dom.Wind Dir: West
Barometer Low: 995.0mb
Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Snow Fall-Line: 2034m
Alt. Temp: 5.7ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 45.4kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: -0.2ºC
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 52.7mm (Today: 26.2mm)
Last Snowfall: 1 days ago
Snowpack Depth: 0.0cm
7 Day Snowfall: 2.1cm
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General Information
  • Waimak Flood Route: DoC has reinstated (and rerouted) the Waimakariri flood route from Anti-Crow River to Greenlaw Creek which was severely damaged in the 1994 earthquake. It still has some issues that may cause the waimak to cut it off!
  • Huts:The New Hawdon Hut is located upstream of Discovery Creek confluence below Walker Pass incline. Sudden Valley, Pfeifer, Poulter and East Hawdon Bivouacs have also been replaced. Hallejulah, Thompson, Waterfall and Top Cox Bivouacs have been permanently removed. Upper Cox Hut has been removed. Mingha Biv is to remain, it will be maintained by the Coast to Coast Race.
  • AP Club Huts: Please note that NO ONE in Arthur's Pass Village has the door codes or keys to the NZAC, CMC or WCAC club huts, please get them before your arrival!

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