Misty Temple Basin in Spring

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.

Start of Temple Basin walk

Beside the stream there are alpine hebes (mostly green) and brown dracophyllum, also called turpentine wood.

Temple Basin Track

Temple Basin ski area

There are 320 hectares of skiable terrain, accessed from three rope tows.

Lodges and day hut at 1326 metres

Upper Twin Creek Bridge and day hut

Lockwood Shelter (day hut)

Inside Lockwood Shelter

Top of service lift

View towards Mt Rolleston from huts

Headwaters of Bealey River (1600m) cascading from Mt Rolleston

State Highway 73 (Otira Gorge Road)

Mt Cook Lilies at the lower reaches of the track are a sure sign that Spring has arrived.

Mt Cook Lily (Ranunculus Lyalli)

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