One of the loveliest things about New Zealand is that even if you only have one day to spare, there are plenty of gorgeous, “close enough” locales that provide a getaway making you feel like you’ve truly escaped the daily grind. The heart of Arthur’s Pass National Park is roughly a two-hour drive from Christchurch, so a mid-evening Friday arrival to camp and a full day’s worth of hiking, still home by Saturday evening, makes for the perfect weekend.
A chilly Friday night camping at Klondyke corner:
And then Saturday hikes up Temple Basin…
…and Bealey Spur:
Even when the climb is difficult, the panorama at the top is always worth it.