Bealey Spur/Arthurs Pass
Arthurs Pass National Park is only 2 hours by car or 2½ hours by train from Christchurch. An incredible destination offering a huge range of outdoor activities in the area. Options include day walks, overnight and multi-day tramps (hikes), mountain biking, skiing, mountain climbing, rock climbing and bouldering, ski touring, trout fishing, river rafting, kayaking or drinking coffees at the local coffee shops.
Arthurs Pass is named after the European who, in 1864, "discovered" the route through the mountains. The small alpine village is engulfed by the surrounding peaks. Your eye and body is drawn to "knock one of them off".
There are only 50 or so permanent residents in Arthurs Pass Village, but visitors number around 250,000 per year! There are several restaurants and a general store/petrol station where you are able to get cellphone reception and internet, should you need these modern diversions.
The TranzAlpine train stops twice a day in Arthurs Pass, on its way to Greymouth and again on its return journey. Bealey Spur, located only 12km South of Arthurs Pass, has the distinct advantage of receiving only half as much annual rainfall as "the Pass", at 4500mm per year, and a more exposed mountainous view!
I'm an energetic, hospitable and friendly person and am very keen to make your stay memorable. I enjoy cooking hearty and wholesome meals and welcome your company at the table.
I'm a very experienced tramper (hiker) and am more than happy to join you in the hills and mountains in the area. There are spare daypacks, walking poles, crampons and snow shoes available in the garage that you are able to use if you need. Packed lunches can be provided on request.
I hold current outdoor first aid qualifications and own a personal locator beacon.
I work part time at the University of Canterbury, have a keen interest in New Zealand geography, participate in the sport of rogaining (long distance cross-country navigation races), enjoy spinning wool, have a lengthy involvement in Scouting and support the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award.
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Cellphone: 027 675 1511
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Eco Lodge Bed & Breakfast
The Lodge is nestled amongst native bush on Bealey Spur, not far from the historic and iconic Bealey Hotel and on the Te Araroa trail.
It overlooks the upper reaches of the Waimakariri River with magnificent views of the main mountain ranges in Arthurs Pass National Park. Bealey Spur is a small settlement of iconic Kiwi baches/holiday homes located 15km from Arthurs Pass village. The native beech forest is rich in birdlife.
My home is built of exposed pine and, along with all other homes on the Spur, is not connected to the national electricity grid. Pure rain water is used for the house. There are no power points. Solar panels supply lighting, while cooking is done with LPG.
All day sun streams in through the large double glazed picture windows, that overlook the Arthurs Pass Valley, while the log burner pumps out the heat in the evenings, making for a nice cosy home. The view of the mountains and the Waimakariri River are absolutely magical.
There are two guest rooms, each with a comfortable queen bed for a great night's sleep. Access to the home is by stairs. There is a shared bathroom with a waterless eco-toilet. There is no cellphone coverage or TV reception in the lodge.
The bookshelf has a selection of books on New Zealand plants and birds, local history, hiking guide books and New Zealand short stories. If the weather is unfavourable for outdoor pursuits, there are plenty of board games to play with.
The Lodge can sleep 4 guests. Children are welcome. Smoking is not permitted. Pets are not allowed.
$165 1 April – 30 September (winter) and $175 1 October – 31 March (summer) for 2 people, queen. Breakfast, either continental or cooked, is included in your room rate.
A delicious 2 course evening meal, with a complimentary glass of wine, is available for $35 per person. Forward meal arrangements are necessary. Please advise of any special dietary needs when booking.
No deposit is required to secure your reservation, but your credit card details are held on file to confirm your booking.
The evening meal menu options include:
- Risottos with vegetables in season
- Fettucine Carbonara
- Lamb shanks on mashed potato or kumara
- Spicy nachos
- Sweet and sour chicken or pork on rice
- Minestrone soup
- Chickpea and silverbeet soup
- Bacon and lentil soup
- Slow cooked chilli
- Macaroni cheese