In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. They range from eastern beech clad hills and tussock valleys to the luxuriant rain forest in the west.

Highway 73 runs through the park, giving easy access to the alpine zone. The highest mountains have glaciers and surrounding them are tussock basins, flowering herbs and alpine grasses.

Craigieburn Conservation Park is a small mountainous park adjoining the National Park on the drier eastern side of the Main Divide. Known for its skifields, it also offers good tramping, camping and picnicking.