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Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Oct 4th, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Heading down to Chch in a couple of weeks and I should be able to get a couple of days downtime so have decided to do a quick overnight walkabout. Never been in the hills in the SI and was thinking of doing a fly camp in Arthurs or Lewis Pass areas.
Was thinking Edwards or Goat Pass Hut in Arthurs Pass or going up around Doubtful Hut in Lewis Pass.

Anyone know how safe parking is in Engineers Camp? How about crossing the Boyle River on foot this time of year?

Any helpful comments appreciated. I'm just after a quick overnighter to experience some of the SI country. No gun with me this time just camera gear / tripod etc.

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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #1 - Oct 4th, 2018 at 7:28pm
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I cant tell you about those exact places but you'll want a good sleeping bag as it can still freeze up there this time of year and parking in Lewis pass can be sketchy, cars can definitely be targets
  
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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #2 - Oct 5th, 2018 at 8:31am
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Yes parking on either Arthur's or Lewis pass roads can be dodgy, been broken into myself on the latter. Crossing the Boyle is OK but changeable as you would expect, worth considering the two bridges up or downstream as less weather dependent options. Anywhere around the spots you mentioned would be good - it's all great country
  
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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #3 - Oct 5th, 2018 at 10:23am
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Thanks for the comments. Was a bit worried about the parking as I will be using my old mans car.
  
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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #4 - Oct 5th, 2018 at 4:49pm
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If your hunting the Lewis I'm pretty sure the Boyle Outdoor Education Centre will look after your car for a small fee. Don't make the mistake of going back too far from the road.   Wink
  

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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #5 - Oct 5th, 2018 at 7:41pm
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For Lewis pass, if u belong to NZDA, the Nth Canterbury branch owns Palmer lodge which is on the main highway just south of the pass.  Good access to the Nina river tops etc.  Always deer about and a few chamois elude the poaching choppers in the back tops.  Contact a key holder thru your DA branch.  And what Canty guy said.
  

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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #6 - Oct 24th, 2018 at 2:18pm
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Thanks for the comments Cantyguy and Grandad; ended up parking at the Boyle Outdoor Centre for $10. They would drop me off down the road for $20 but I just did the extra hours walk.
Took tons of warm gear with me due to recent snow in the area. Weather was super warm though, biggest prob was not having sunscreen.
Great bit of country.
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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #7 - Oct 24th, 2018 at 3:04pm
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Any animals seen?
  

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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #8 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 10:33am
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Just had the camera with me so wasn't out during the best times of day and it was blowing quite a bit. That being said I was fishing in the Doubtful with a stiff breeze behind me and a young hind walked out in broad daylight less than 100m away. Totally unfazed by me even though my scent was going straight in its direction, taking about a min to slowly walk through the river. Just the kind of things that happen when you don't have a rifle Smiley nor was I carrying the camera at that time.
Saw a ton of Canada Geese, Paradise Ducks, some Hares, a couple of Rabbits, some nice fish and the one Deer. Oh and 60 bagillion Sandflies.
  
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Re: Lewis / Arthurs Pass walkabout
Reply #9 - Oct 29th, 2018 at 9:19pm
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nice to see someone posting on here after asking for advice/assistance. Often the person asks for advice and then doesn't give any news back on their trip . . . and does make others wonder sometimes if they were just 'fishing' for Spot X.

You of course were really fishing  Smiley Some good trout there aye.
  

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