Bealey Spur/Arthurs Pass
Arthurs Pass National Park is only 2 hours by car or 2½ hours by train from Christchurch. An incredible destination offering a huge range of outdoor activities in the area, including day walks, overnight and multi-day tramps (hikes), mountain biking, skiing, mountain climbing, rock climbing and bouldering, ski touring, trout fishing, river rafting, kayaking or drinking coffees at the local coffee shops.
Arthur’s Pass is named after the first European who, in 1864, crossed this alpine pass en route to the West Coast. The small village is engulfed by the surrounding peaks.
There are less than 30 permanent residents, although visitors/travellers number around 250,000 annually. There is a restaurant and a cafe/petrol pump. Cellphone reception and internet coverage are available in the village. The TranzAlpine train stops twice daily, on its way to Greymouth and again on its return.
Bealey Spur, located 12km south, has the distinct advantage of receiving considerably more sun, less rainfall and more expansive mountain views than Arthur’s Pass
I’m an energetic, hospitable and friendly New Zealander and am keen to make your stay with me memorable. I enjoy preparing and serving hearty and wholesome meals, and welcome you to share with me.
I’m a very experienced tramper (hiker). There are day packs, walking poles, crampons and snow shoes available for your use. Packed lunches can be provided on request.
I have a fulltime job as a DOC ranger at the Arthur’s Pass Visitor Centre, so have firsthand knowledge and experience of suitable walks in the area.
I have a keen interest in New Zealand geography, participate in the sport of rogaining (long distance cross-country navigation on foot), enjoy spinning sheep’s wool, have had a lengthy involvement in Scouting, packraft and am a civil marriage celebrant.
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Cellphone: 027 675 1511
Note: coverage is sometimes patchy, but please leave a voice message.
EcoLodge B&B and Homestay
My home is nestled amongst native bush on Bealey Spur, not far from the National Park boundary and on SH73, and the section of the Te Araroa trail between the Mingha and Lagoon Saddle.
It overlooks the upper reaches of the Waimakariri River, with magnificent views of the main mountain ranges of Arthur’s Pass National Park. Bealey Spur is a small settlement of Kiwi holiday homes in the bush.
Staying with me in my home will give a feel for living off-grid, its simplicity, sustainability and comfort provided by 12V solar power, rain water and LPG for cooking and hot water. All day sun streams in through the large double-glazed picture windows. In winter, the log burner pumps out a cosy heat.
There are two guest rooms, each with a comfortable queen bed. There is a shared bathroom with a shower and a waterless eco-toilet. There is no guest cellphone coverage or internet.
The bookshelf has a selection of books on New Zealand plants and birds, local history, hiking guide books and New Zealand short stories. If the weather is unfavourable for outdoor pursuits, there are plenty of board games to play with.
A delicious home-cooked 2 course meal, with a glass of wine or beer, is available with prior arrangement for $35 per person. Vegetarian and vegan meals and any special dietary needs can be prepared.
It is a place to recharge your “soul batteries”.
The Lodge can sleep 4 guests. Children are welcome. Smoking is not permitted. Pets are not allowed.
A delicious 2 course evening meal, with a complimentary glass of wine, is available for $35 per person. Forward meal arrangements are necessary. Please advise of any special dietary needs when booking.
No deposit is required to secure your reservation, but your credit card details are held on file to confirm your booking.
$175 for two people (shared bedroom) for bed and breakfast.