Arthur's Pass National Park - Personal Work. Situated just two-hours drive west from Christchurch, the township of Arthur's Pass sits just below Arthur's Pass proper. The pass was named after Arthur Dudley Dobson, the first European to go over the pass back in the day.
There is a lot to see and do in and around the township of Arthur's Pass. There are a number of short walks to places like Punchbowl Falls (pictured below), Otira Valley (pictured below) and the viewing platform looking out over the viaduct (pictured below).
Arthur's Pass is also a place where you are bound to run into the local Kea's.
Kea's are the only mountain parrot in the world and are endemic to New Zealand. Kea's are naturally curious birds and in places like Arthur's Pass, they become accustomed to visitors very quickly. With a population a fraction the size of what it used to be, Kea's are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Whatever you do, please do not feed them, as the food you may give them could kill them.