Haast Pass, South Island

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#3 of 12 in Scenic Drive in South Island
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 Makarora, create itinerary details personal to you using our Makarora trip planner .
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  • Over the Haast Pass East-West, starting from Queenstown. The road is one of the few that crosses the Southern Alps has absolutely stunning landscapes, but unfortunately with little stop points for photos. As not much hyped (unlike the Lewis Pass and Arthur's Pass ´), the road is pretty empty and has quiet traffic. The problem is the lack of structure for food and bathrooms. The options are quite simple and limited.
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  • A UNESCO area where you are never out of sight of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, streams or coastline. A photo op awaits at almost every turn. Allow a long day to drive between Franz Josef to Wanaka...  more »
  • I think NZ is a beautiful country, especially the South Island is so pretty every where you look but the Haast Pass Drive takes the cake for the best road trip. Every turn seems to bring in beautiful ...  more »
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