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. To visit Haast Pass and get the most from your holiday in Wanaka, create itinerary details personal to you using our Wanaka trip planner .
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  • I missed the actual pass but going up one spectacular river valley and coming down another is great. There are a lot of waterfalls and walks by the road. Take it slow because the tourist cars are slow...  more »
  • As mountain drives go, this is an easy route, being the lowest pass in the Southern alps. As scenery goes, this is a fabulous drive with plenty of views and interest. There are good places to stop to ...  more »
  • We picked up a car at Greymouth and drove down west coast....stayed at hokitika ...a place i really recommend. ..lots to do...nice little town....anyway we were going to stay at Haast byt stayed at Fr...  more »

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As a popular ski and resort town, Wanaka offers an abundance of accommodation options. Views of the lake can be requested at the many boutique and luxury hotels, while travelers aiming to get straight up into the mountains may want to try one of the multitude of more affordable resorts and campsites. Good connections take visitors up the slopes and down again to their bed for the night. For those traveling into the town by car, motels are dotted along the main roads, offering good access to Wanaka itself and the surrounding scenery.
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