Temple Basin is one of the oldest ski areas in New Zealand, formed in 1929. It receives huge amounts of snow due to its location on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps of New Zealand. There are 120 beds in bunkhouse style accommodation right beside the lifts. Most customers stay at least overnightas there is a 50 minute walk to the Area- albeit through some great scenery in Arthur's Pass National Park. A goodslift carries equipment to the Lodges. The lift is provided by three rope tows which rise 400m vertically above the Lodges. From the lifts, the surrounding peaks can be easily accessed so the field has become the home of extreme skiing and snowboarding in this country.