We have stunning walks on offer throughout Sensational Selwyn. These walks range in level, some are more adventurous while others have stunning scenery to take in. These are the top 6 we think you need to tick off!!
Devils Punch Bowl
Distance: 2kms return
Time: 1 hour return
Start point: Signpost north of Arthurs Chalet points to the carpark where the walk starts
Why we love it: The most popular walk in Arthurs Pass National Park, with stunning access though the mountain beech forest to the base of the 131-meter waterfall. Perfect place to get that Instagram worthy shot!
Rakaia Gorge Walking Track
Distance: 10.4kms return
Time: 3-4 hours return
Start point: Located off State Highway 72 Inland Scenic Route, on the northern edge of the Rakaia River, upstream of the Rakaia Gorge Bridge.
Why we love it: Nestled below Terrace Downs, the walkway follows the rim of the gorge leading through forest to the site of the old Snowdon coal mines, with viewpoints of their entrances. The track then climbs to a lookout point with a stunning outlook across the Rakaia river.
Time: 2-3 hours
Start Point: 590 Washpen Road, Windwistle
Why we love it: Grab a walking stick on your way in to this ancient volcano creator track that is surrounded by thick native bush. Along the way you’ll spot waterfalls, caves and panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains. Washpen is located on private land, with an honesty box for admissions to the track which goes towards track maintenance. The original land owners ran their own electricity from the falls and the current owners have their own honey which you can buy onsite. Take home some Washpen Honey with you!
Distance: The cave is 594meters long
Time: 30 minutes to the entrance of the cave, 1 hour through the cave
Start Point: State Highway 73, between the Broken River Road bridge and the Craigieburn Forest Park entrance.
Why we love it: This is an adventures dream, with not only two walks to the cave openings, but also a walk through the cave! It is not for the faint hearted, with the track through the cave in complete darkness the whole way and the challenge of a waterfall to climb at the end you must be properly equiped – please refer to the doc website for more information on safety requirements for this walk.
Castle Hill (Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area)
Distance: 1.4km (from carpark to the rocks)
Time: 20 minute return
Start Point: State Highway 73 towards Arthurs Pass. Marked on the left in the Cave Stream Scenic Reserve area.
Why we love it: These unique limestone formations were used in the movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The formation of the rocks isn’t the only spectacular view, as you also have views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Take a picnic for a fun day of exploring around the rocks and tunnels that were formed 300 million years ago and let your imagination run wild.
Time: 40minutes return
Start Point: Leeston Lake Road onto Harts Road for 1.5km until left turn onto shingle road to reach car park (signposted)
Why we love it: This walk is a bird lovers dream, with a huge range of birds from white and black swans to white heron, pied stilits and more! Located in Ellesmere, the track winds through native bush parallel to the creek lined with native flaxes. After a stile crossing in the track it takes you to a densely wooded swamp area. The track ends with a bird hide, a camouflaged hut set out on the lake for easy viewing of the birds and wildlife.