Porters Pass

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Porters Pass
Road to Porters Pass 01.jpg
State Highway 73 descending from Porters Pass towards Springfield.
Elevation 939 m (3,081 ft)
Traversed by State Highway 73
Location New Zealand
Range Southern Alps
Coordinates 43°17′48″S 171°44′31″E / 43.29670°S 171.742°E / -43.29670; 171.742Coordinates: 43°17′48″S 171°44′31″E / 43.29670°S 171.742°E / -43.29670; 171.742

Porters Pass (elevation 939 metres) is a mountain pass in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island.

It is near Lake Lyndon and is located within Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park. State Highway 73 travels through the pass on its route from Springfield to Cass, and it is the last mountain pass on the route eastwards from Westland to Christchurch. It is also the third-highest point on the South Island's state highway network after the Lindis Pass and the Milford Road (though it is just one metre lower). Although Arthur's Pass is better known, Porters Pass is actually a few metres higher, and it affords views of the Canterbury Plains.

The pass was named in 1858 by the Porter brothers who were farming nearby.[1]


  1. ^ Wilson, John (2 March 2009). "Canterbury places - Porters Pass to Arthur's Pass". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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