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Encyclopedia > Lewis Pass

The Lewis Pass is a mountain pass in the South Island of New Zealand. The northernmost of the three main passes across the Southern Alps, at a height of 864 metres above sea level it is higher than the Haast Pass, but slightly lower than Arthur's Pass. It is traversed by State Highway 7 0n its route between north Canterbury and the West Coast, and passes through extensive unmodified beech forest.

The pass is the saddle between the valleys of the Maruia River to the northwest and the Lewis River to the southeast. The saddle is located close to the small spa of Maruia Springs.



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