Temple Basin is a club ski area in the heart of the Southern Alps, four kilometres west of Arthurs Pass Village. The field is accessed by a walk of about an hour from State Highway 73 up to the base huts and ski tows, with a service tow available for ski gear in winter. These photos were taken on a hike after the ski season had finished, on a misty day in late October 2012. There was still a lot of snow around the ski area after some unusually late snow falls.
Beside the stream there are alpine hebes (mostly green) and brown dracophyllum, also called turpentine wood.
There are 320 hectares of skiable terrain, accessed from three rope tows.
The appearance of Mt Cook lilies is a sure sign that spring has arrived.