Watch out for the cheeky kea
The world's only alpine parrot is very mischievous so hold on to your belongings as they can fly away with small items!
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Short Walks Arthur's Pass & Selwyn

The Selwyn district has a number of short walks ranging from 10 minute walking tracks to 2-4 hour return tramping tracks and half day tracks. There are fantastic locations to choose from including the stunning Arthur's Pass, Castle Hill Limestone Reserve and many more.

New Zealand Department of Conservation Outdoor Safety Code

When preparing for a walk, no matter how long, make sure you follow the Department of Conservation (DOC) Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip

    Ask locals about the walking track and how long you can reasonably expect it to take or visit the nearest DOC visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions of DOC tracks.

  2. Tell someone

    Tell someone your plans, especially if you’re heading out alone. Leave a time that you will be back.

  3. Be aware of the weather

    New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. is a good tool but also ask at your accommodation provider or the local DOC / i-SITE Visitor Centre.

  4. Know your limits

    It's good to challenge yourself, but only within your physical limits and experience.

  5. Take sufficient supplies

    Even if you're just going for a couple of hours, make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.

Arthur's Pass & Selwyn walks