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ARTHUR'S PASS VILLAGE

Everything you ever wanted to know about Arthur's Pass, but were afraid to ask!

Present Population:
25 odd full-time residents (the emphasis is on the odd), 59 bach owners
Average Age:
34-38 y.o. (full-time residents)
Visitors per Year:
Estimated 250,000+
Village Area:
0.6 sq.km (300m wide x 2000m long)
Village Structures:
133 buildings
Elevation ASL:
739m (at Visitor Centre)
Established:
1906 as Bealey Flat Settlement (for tunnel workers)
Local Government & Organisations:
Selwyn District Council
Arthur's Pass Association (Bach Owners & Residents)
Employment:
Dept. of Conservation, Accommodation, Cafes, Restaurants, Road Construction & Maintenance, Services
Water Supply:
UV treated & filtered to 1 micron from Avalanche Creek (gravity fed supply)
Sewerage Treatment:
Most properties have private septic tanks, with some newer systems also incorporating sand filters. Sunshine Tce & Mt Bealey Rd have a communal sewerage treatment works located on Maori Flat.
Fire Service:
Local Volunteer Brigade (Fire / Accident)
Rescue Service:
Police / D.O.C. / Arthur's Pass LandSAR (APRES)
Entertainment:
Self Amused
Television:
Free To Air - Satellite from Optus D1 & D2 satellites.
Radio:
Free To Air - Satellite from Optus D1. Radio National has some reception on 101.2 & 101.7 FM.
Telephone:
512 line digital exchange connected by optical fibre link to its Parent exchange in Darfield.
Cellphone:
Vodafone, 2 Degrees & Telecom (Digital) have Village wide coverage. Both towers are located adjacent railway yard.
Grape Vine:
120% effective (20% rumour)
Arthur's Pass School:
Closed permanently end of 2003
Rainfall:
4500mm / year (about 200 days per year)
Snowfall:
About 400-500cm accumulative / year
Winds:
Predominantly from Northwest (straight down valley)
Gale force (60-160kmph) through the valley floor
Rain Months:
October, November, May
200 days of rain a year!
Drier Months:
January, February, March, April
165 days of sunshine a year!
Winter:
June to about mid October



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