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Arthur's Pass - Otira Gorge Rock ShelterThe rock shelter was constructed to capture and deflect the almost continuous rockfall from the cliffs above the gorge, this has been an issue since the roads original construction in the 1860s. This issue was exacerbated during the 1994 earthquake when considerable amounts of rock debri blocked both the highway and dammed the Otira River. The Reid Falls aqueduct was constructed to prevent flooding of the highway during heavy rainfall events.
Lookout along Arthur's Pass.