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A HEAVY RAIN & GALEFORCE WIND WATCH is current for areas about and west of the Main Divide on Friday (25/04/2014).
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 Watch is displayed if a storm's intensity prediction hits a "Moderate" level of forecasters confidence.
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)
25 Apr

2 / 13ºC
26 Apr

2 / 11ºC
27 Apr

2 / 10ºC
28 Apr

3 / 10ºC
29 Apr

1 / 10ºC
30 Apr

5 / 8ºC
1 May

5 / 12ºC
2 May

4 / 12ºC
3 May

4 / 12ºC
4 May

5 / 12ºC
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Moonrise 3:31hrs
Moonset 15:55hrs
Sunrise 7:16hrs
Sunset 17:43hrs
(All times NZST)
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General Conditions & Avalanche Risk
Thursday 24/04/2014: (Updated 0752hrs) Overnight rain has cleared, however cloud will increase again from afternoon with late drizzle developing about the Divide. Mist & fog is wafting about the Main Range this morning but sub-ranges appear clear.

Heavy rain tomorrow about & west of the Divide accompanied by NW gales at all levels. Fine on Saturday, gales abating. Rain redeveloping on Sunday with northerly gales. Rain easing on Monday but snow level could drop to 1200m.

Climbing conditions are OK today with late rain forecast and areas of poor visibility about the Main Range.

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!

  • Castle Hill Peak (1998m)20/04/2014
    Castle Hill Peak (1998m)
  • Foggy Peak (1741m)20/04/2014
    Foggy Peak (1741m)
  • Mt Cloudesley (2107m)20/04/2014
    Mt Cloudesley (2107m)
  • Mt Enys (2194m)20/04/2014
    Mt Enys (2194m)
  • Mt Torlesse (1961m)20/04/2014
    Mt Torlesse (1961m)
  • 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)
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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

20/04/2014: Torlesse Range ("The Gap", Red Peak, Mt Torlesse, Back Peak) - Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
(photo provided by Graeme Kates 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: 25/4/14 6:00hrs NZST
Sunrise: 7:16hrs
Sunset: 17:43hrs
Temperature: 10.4ºC  (Rising)
Temperature (Low): 9.7ºC
Temperature (High): 10.9ºC
Wind Chill: 9.0ºC
Humidity: 100%  (Stable)
Barometer: 1005.9mb (Falling)
Wind Speed: 11.3km/h
Wind Direction: WSW
Wind Gust: 54.7km/h (1:03hrs)
Cloud Base:  730m ASL
Freezing Level: 2630m
Daily Rainfall: 18.29mm
Hourly Rain: 4.32mm/hr


Rainfall: 31.24mm
High Rain Rate:  5.0mm/hr @ 4:55hrs 25/04/2014
Temp Low:  9.9ºC
Temp High: 11.2ºC
Wind Gust:  54.7kmph @ 1:03hrs 25/04/2014
Dom.Wind Dir: West
Barometer Low: 1005.9mb
Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Snow Fall-Line: 2112m
Alt. Temp: 4.8ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 22.8kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: 0.5ºC
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 34.3mm (Today: 18.8mm)
Last Snowfall: 1 days ago
Snowpack Depth: 0.0cm
7 Day Snowfall: 0.6cm
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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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