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A HEAVY RAIN & GALEFORCE WIND WARNING is current for areas about and east of the Main Divide commencing Wednesday (30/07/2014) through to Thursday (31/07/2014).
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)
31 Jul

6 / 9ºC
1 Aug

7 / 9ºC
2 Aug

2 / 8ºC
3 Aug

-2 / 4ºC
4 Aug

0 / 6ºC
5 Aug

2 / 6ºC
6 Aug

1 / 3ºC
7 Aug

2 / 7ºC
8 Aug

1 / 6ºC
9 Aug

0 / 7ºC
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Forecast Links
Arthur's Pass Forecast (5 day)
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Severe Weather Outlook
Weather Underground (APNP)

Moonrise 2:30hrs
Moonset 14:30hrs
Sunrise 7:47hrs
Sunset 17:13hrs
(All times NZST)
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General Conditions & Avalanche Risk
Wednesday 30/07/2014: (Updated 2222hrs) Snowfall level has been fluctuating from 1300m - 2000m today - a considerable amount of rainfall at higher altitude (70mm @ 1800m today). Further heavy rain (snow 1300m+) is expected from afternoon, severe thunderstorms and galeforce NW winds.

Snow level rising to 2400m tomorrow with heavy rain, and severe NW gales. Heavy rain (snow 2000m+) and NW gales continue on Friday. Rain eases on Saturday with snow levels dropping to 1300m, NW gales abate. Showers on Sunday with snow lowering to 600m; light winds.

Climbing conditions are Dangerous today about the Main Range with heavy rain, thunderstorms, galeforce NW winds and lowering snow levels (blizzard). Some wet snow avalanche activity may also develop out of steeper terrain features as rainfall overloads the snowpack to about 1800m. Extensive windslab formation is likely on lee to NW aspects below ridgelines! New snow is falling onto a icy crust and may remain poorly bonded for some time.

(Noted a Class 3 release yesterday on Mt Torlesse, 1500m west face; bit unclear when it occured & why, as didn't seem to be there at 0900hrs, but was at 1500hrs, and very little rainfall in Torlesse Range???)

Conditions are about to change dramatically this week; low-ish level snowfall to 1300m initially will be "undone" on Thursday with high level rainfall before snow lowers again on Saturday/Sunday - watch this space I suppose.

Safe climbing for 2014!

  • Blue Hill (1946m)29/07/2014
    Blue Hill (1946m)
  • Castle Hill Peak (1998m)29/07/2014
    Castle Hill Peak (1998m)
  • Mt Wall (1874m)29/07/2014
    Mt Wall (1874m)
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)28/07/2014
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)28/07/2014
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)28/07/2014
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Damfool (2030m)28/07/2014
    Mt Damfool (2030m)
  • Mt Gizeh (2162m)28/07/2014
    Mt Gizeh (2162m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)28/07/2014
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face28/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge28/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge28/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Bealey (1836m)26/07/2014
    Mt Bealey (1836m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face25/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Murchison (2408m) - White Glacier22/07/2014
    Mt Murchison (2408m) - White Glacier
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)19/07/2014
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall17/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access17/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Philistine Traverse17/07/2014
    Philistine Traverse
  • Carrington Peak (2010m)15/07/2014
    Carrington Peak (2010m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)15/07/2014
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Temple (1913m)15/07/2014
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face15/07/2014
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Mt Cloudesley (2107m)08/07/2014
    Mt Cloudesley (2107m)
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Avalanche Danger - CONSIDERABLE
  • Travel Advice: Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.
  • Avalanche Activity: Small avalanches in many areas; or large avalanches in specific areas; or very large avalanches in isolated areas.
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Park Shot
22/07/2014: Barker Hut (1560m), Marmaduke Dixon Glacier - APNP
(photo provided by Matthew Buckley with thanks)
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If you'd like to submit a (non-commercial) recent scenic or interesting image for the "Park Shot" (Arthur's Pass, Craigieburn, Torlesse, Lewis Pass or Otira-Kopara accepted - 800 pixels wide minimum) please email
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Getting High
28/07/2014: Silvia and Dave climbing to Echo Col (2061m), Black Range - APNP
(photo provided by Jeremy Herbert with thanks)
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If you'd like to submit a (non-commercial) recent mountaineering image for the "Getting High" photograph (images must contain climbers/trampers, and can be mountaineering/climbing from anywhere in the world - 800 pixels wide minimum) please email Click Here for a summary of Copyright Issues.
Track Updates
Violent storms have caused considerable damage to track systems in & around the Park...
  • Harman Pass: Reports of very unstable and dangerous large rocks throughout the Taipoiti gorge.
  • Harper Pass: Major slips around the headwaters of the Taramakau River. Fallen trees & slips on Morrison Bridge to Pfeifer Creek Track (Otira flood-track).
  • Kellys Creek to Hunts Saddle: Track over bluffs (40 mins upstream from SH73) impassable from washouts. River travel extremely difficult due to huge logs and boulders piled up in the gorge.
  • Otehake: The Otehake footbridge has been removed and will not be replaced. Major landslides in the lower Otehake valley area (1.7 km downstream of Whaiti Stream) require care to cross.
  • Poulter Valley: Motorised vehicle access to the Arthur's Pass National Park boundary extremely difficult due to access track washouts. Access is possible only via the Poulter riverbed in places. Access (including on foot and by mountain-bike) recommended only in low river flows.
  • Taipo Valley: The Taipo River below Seven Mile has cut into the bank and there is a new bench track above the river. Users should take note of track markers. Note: No 4WD access; foot access only. New slip/10m drop-off between Dillons Hut and SH73 .
  • Three Passes: The Styx Valley Track is now very rough with numerous slips to be negotiated. Approx 20 min from the Styx car park the river has cut into a vertical cliff. To continue up the valley be prepared to cross the river below and above this cutting. If the river is high, or if parties are not confident with river crossings, use the Arahura Valley track instead.

Local Weather Station Data
Update: 31/7/14 4:58hrs NZST
Sunrise: 7:48hrs
Sunset: 17:36hrs
Temperature: 5.7ºC  (Rising)
Temperature (Low): 4.0ºC
Temperature (High): 6.2ºC
Wind Chill: 0.5ºC
Humidity: 87%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1010.37mb (Falling)
Wind Speed: 37km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 77km/h (3:57hrs)
Cloud Base:  980m ASL
Freezing Level: 1907m
Daily Rainfall: 2.29mm
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr


Rainfall: 137.92mm
High Rain Rate: 23.4mm/hr @ 15:56hrs 30/07/2014
Temp Low:  4.1ºC
Temp High:  7.1ºC
Wind Gust: 100.0kmph @ 7:15hrs 30/07/2014
Dom.Wind Dir: West
Barometer Low: 1000.1mb
Last Update: 31/07/2014 04:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 1.6ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 50.4kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: -6.0ºC
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 118.5mm (Today: 0.6mm)
Daily Snowfall: 1.0cm
Snowfall Max. Intensity: 0.8cm/hr
Storm Snowfall (56hrs): 11.2cm
7 Day Snowfall: 13.4cm
Snowpack Depth: 53.2cm
Windslab S: 1.4cm
Windslab E: 14.0cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Very Poor (Warning: Slab present!)
Avalanche Chance: 100%
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150 Day Snow Model
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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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