Getting Tofrom The Tramp

The western end of the track is at the DOC Aickens sign on SH73, 30 minutes north of Arthur's Pass village. The sign can be reached from Greymouth or Christchurch by bus (see p225 for details). Alternatively, take the TranzAlpine Train, operated by Tranz Scenic (@ 0800-872 467, 04-495 0775; www .tranzscenic.co.nz), which will drop you at the small Aickens train station by arrangement. From the station it is 1.5km north along SH73 to the DOC Aickens sign.

The eastern end of the track is Windy Point, on SH7, 7km west of the Hope Bridge and almost halfway between Maruia Springs and the turn-off to Han-mer Springs. A Southern Link Shuttles ('S 358 8355; www.yellow.co.nz/site/southernlink) bus passes Windy Point at about 1.15pm daily for Christchurch ($25), and about 11am heading the other way to Nelson ($30).

The last day's walk takes most trampers five hours, so an early start is necessary if you hope to catch one of the buses. It is best to be at the highway, ready to flag down the bus, 30 minutes before it is due to arrive.

See Arthur's Pass National Park Tramps Map (pp222-3)

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