Getting Here

Getting Here

NZSSI Courses are held at Temple Basin Ski Area. Temple Basin is located in the heart of the Southern Alps near Arthur’s Pass Village. It’s unique in that there is no access road to the top. Instead you leave your car at the bottom and make your way up on foot. Access to the ski area is via State Highway 73 which is sealed right up to the carpark. The drive from Christchurch to the Temple Basin car park takes approximately 1.5-2 hours. A 40-50 minute walk from the car park is needed to reach the ski area lodges, not a bad thing as the views are worth savouring.


Approximately 800 meters West of the car park you’ll find the Goods Lift which will send you gear skyward and lighten your load. It’s a good tip to hang onto your ski poles as they make the hike a little easier, if there’s snow to low levels it’s best to phone the mountain for an update as crampons may be an advantage. Generally hiking boots or running shoes with an aggressive sole are suitable footwear for the track.

To check road conditions call 0800 444 449 or visit

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The Goods Lift

The Goods Lift Terminal located approximately 800m west of the car park (west of the Dobson Memorial). Saviour to many, the Goods Lift will transport your gear up the mountain. The goods lift operator will meet you at the goods lift shed beside the main road. There is no charge for this service.

Goods lift hours of operation:

Monday – Thursday 9.00 – 11.30am
Friday 9.00 – 11.30 & 4.00 – 6.00pm
Saturday – Sunday 9.00 – 12.00 & 4.00 – 6.00pm

Other times by arrangement – Phone the Booking Office +64 3 377 7788 or email

Getting Here – The Video

Former mountain manager, Todd Windle takes you through the trip from Arthur’s Pass to the on field Lodges.

Plan Your Trip

Daily bus and train services run through Arthur’s Pass between Christchurch and Greymouth. If you arrive at Christchurch International Airport we recommend that you take the following steps to get to Temple Basin.

1. Upon arrival at the airport, take a shuttle or taxi to a Central City Backpackers accommodation.

2. Book your accommodation in Christchurch. We reccommend the following:

Around the World Backpackers Ph: +64 3 365 4363
Kiwi Base Camp Ph: +64 3 366 6770
Jailhouse Accommodation Ph: +64 3 982 7777
Foley Towers Ph: +64 3 366 9720

3. Book your transport to Temple Basin

Bus Companies

Atomic Shuttles (to Greymouth)
Atomic Shuttles can arrange pickup from most Christchurch backpackers and hotel accommodation
Depart 7.30 am
Arrive 11.15am
Free Ph: 0508 108 359 (Within New Zealand)
Ph: +64 3 34 90697

West Coast Shuttles (to Greymouth)
Depart 3.00 pm
Ph: +64 3 768 0028

Train Companies

KiwiRail – TranzAlpine
If travelling by train you need to book the Arthur’s Pass Shuttle to transport you from Arthur’s Pass to Temple Basin.
Depart: 8:15am
Free Ph: 0800 872 467 (Within New Zealand)
Ph: +64 4 4950775