Mt Arthur (1795 metres) is a peak on the eastern boundary of Kahurangi National Park, and its alpine environment, vegetation, caves and karst landscape are one of the most easily accessible and dramatic regions in the Nelson area.
The access to this wonderful day walk is the Flora carpark road, which ascends to 960 metres, and is one of the highest access roads in New Zealand, providing us with an easily accessible alpine walk by vehicle. Leaving the carpark, the track rises through Flora Saddle and beautiful beech forest, then climbs gently through through the unusual mountain Nei Nei, (what we call the “Doctor Seuss” plant) for about an hour to Mount Arthur Hut, with superb views of Nelson and Tasman Bay.
Beyond the hut the landscape opens up and you can follow the track further as it becomes a poled route following a ridge to the summit of Mount Arthur. The ridge, which is covered in alpine flowers during the summer, offers tremendous views into the mountains and interior of the 500,000 hectare Kahurangi National Park.
Your Simply Wild guide/host will collect you from your Lodge or hotel at a time to suit you, and return you later in the day. Travel time to the Mt Arthur carpark where the walk begins, is around 50 minutes from the Nelson City or Marahau areas, 25 minutes from Ngatimoti area.
The walk from the carpark to Mt Arthur hut is around an hour depending on your fitness, and on a nice day, you’ll often find you will wish to walk a further 20 minutes or so up the mountain on an open ridge that provides superb views deeper into the park. We have a relaxed picnic lunch prepared by our Simply Wild chef amongst the wildflowers.
On the return journey you have a choice of returning the way we came, or completing a loop down a route past Flora Hut which is steeper and requires some agility.
You should allow 5 – 6 hours for the total trip.
1 – 2 people $912.00 per trip ($912.00 – $456.00 per person)
4 – 6 people $1,130.00 per trip ($282.50 – $188.00 per person)
The price includes your private guide for the day, transport by luxury vehicle to and from the walk, lunch, snacks and water.
We have day packs and walking poles available if you require them.
We have spare clothing such as fleece pullovers, wind and rain proof jackets available.
We do not have footwear.
How hard is the walk?
The track is around 1 – 2 metres wide and well surfaced with two steady climbs interspersed with a level ridge section. It is suitable for a wide range of people who walk regularly.
What kind of gear do I need?
Trainers or good walking shoes are sufficient footwear, a warm fleece, windproof jacket and hat are useful. We have day packs and walking poles if you require them, and can also supply clothing if necessary.