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Some photographs I took in February 2013 on State Highway 73, the road between Greymouth and Christchurch, via Arthurs Pass.

 

Photographer Brendan Lyon

Arthurs Pass, South Island, New Zealand. Photograph by Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

 

From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur%27s_Pass

Arthur’s Pass, previously called Camping Flat then Bealey Flats, and for some time officially Arthurs Pass, is a township in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, located in the Selwyn district. It is a popular base for exploring Arthur’s Pass National Park.

Arthur’s Pass township is about 5 km south of the mountain pass with the same name. Its elevation is 740 metres above sea level surrounded by beech forest. The Bealey River runs through the township.

 

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Arthurs Pass, South Island, New Zealand. Photograph by Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

More from Wikipedia

The township and the pass are named after Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson (1841–1934). Arthur Dobson had been tasked by the Chief Surveyor, Thomas Cass, to find out if there was an available pass out of the Waimakariri watershed into valleys running to the West Coast. In 1864, his brother Edward joined him and accompanied him into the valley of the Otira River. Arthur had been informed of the presence of a pass which had been used occasionally by Māori hunting parties by a West Coast Māori Chief, Tarapuhi. When Arthur returned to Christchurch, he made a sketch of the country traversed and gave it with a report to Cass. Arthur Dobson did not name the pass, which he found to be very steep on the western side.[1] Dobson named the site that was to become the township Camping Flat.

When the gold rush began, a committee of businessmen offered a £200 prize for anyone who would find a better or more suitable pass from Canterbury to the West Coast. At the same time, Edward Dobson (Arthur’s father) was sent to examine every available pass between the watershed of the Taramakau, Waimakariri, and the Hurunui, and after examining passes at the head of every valley he reported that “Arthur’s” pass was by far the most suitable for the direct crossing.[1]

The township, then named Bealey Flats after the second Superintendent, Samuel Bealey, was originally built as a construction village for the building of the Otira Tunnel, which was started on 14 January 1908.[2] Arthur’s Pass township was reached by the railway in 1914, while the Westland section having advanced to Otira. Construction of the tunnel was very slow. The tunnel was finally completed in 1923. The TranzAlpine Express passes through Arthur’s Pass and the Otira Tunnel as part of its 223 kilometres (139 mi) trek from Christchurch to Greymouth. The trip is regarded to be one of the world’s great train journeys for the scenery through which it passes.

 

 

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From Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch, 10735 State Highway 73, Lake Pearson, Canterbury, New Zealand. Photograph by Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

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Waimakarini River and the TranzAlpine Express Railway on the road from Arthurs Pass to Christchurch, State Highway 73, Bealey, Canterbury, New Zealand. Photograph by Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

 

 

 

 

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Waimakarini River from the road from Arthurs Pass to Christchurch, State Highway 73, Bealey, Canterbury, New Zealand. Photograph by Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

 

 

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Cattle grazing in the Waimakarini River Valley on the road from Arthurs Pass to Christchurch, State Highway 73, Bealey, Canterbury, New Zealand. Photograph by Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

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