New 2016...Oral History presentations at
the South Canterbury Museum are now available for viewing. Links on
photo and video
top menu bar.
Also a short
video of tree work at St Patricks church July 2016.
Welcome to The Burkes
Pass Heritage Trust.
This is an incorporated
charitable trust established in the year 2000 to secure
the future of St Patrick's Union Church and promote
local heritage in Burkes Pass, South Canterbury, New
In earlier days Burkes
Pass was the pioneer township in the Mackenzie Country
sited on the banks of the the
Opihi River. It is now an
important heritage site on a major tourist route to the
Mackenzie basin, Mt Cook and Queenstown. This route was
well used by Maori in pre European times.
More about the Trust and Burkes Pass township