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Haast Pass, South Island

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The mountain pass at Haast Pass is famous for its natural beauty and handfuls of roaring waterfalls. Most visitors experience the attraction with a scenic drive, but do not hesitate to leave your car and explore. Short walks are marked along the road, and among the most popular is the Blue Pools Walk. On this walk, a gravel path leads visitors over a swing bridge and deep into the forest where crystal-clear, blue pools have been carved into the rock. The glacier-fed water is so clear that native trout seem to be floating in the air. Wear appropriate shoes for trekking uphill and plenty of water. Plan your Haast Pass visit and explore what else you can see and do in Haast using our Haast vacation generator.
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  • From Haast to Makarora, the stops, overlooks, walks, scenery is exquisite. Take a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. We did! 
  • Roaring Billy falls, Thunder falls, Fantail falls, all worth a visit. At the summit of Haast Pass there are walks on both sides of the road with a view down the valley, and on the other side a short c...  more »
  • Beautiful ride over this portion of the South Island, the pass itself is not very special but the environment makes up for it.
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