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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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  • Fantastic scenic drive with awesome views of snow-capped mountains and rainforest galore. Some of the walks are great too, with short walks through the rainforest to beautiful waterfalls or the Blue P...  more »
  • Forced step that is very much worth touring by car, where you'll inevitably make many stops to take pictures and to enjoy the wonderful views that the Haast pass gives you. Once this step had restrictions on opening hours, but for some time the pass is open 24/7. I feel an obligation to do this stretch of day to give a treat to the eye. It is important to know that in this section there are gas stations, so it is best to not go with the level low, since until the next service station there may be about 100 km.
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  • Some beautiful scenery on the pass but once your over it the scenery becomes a bit monotonous. Our guide suggested a Haast River cruise as there would be more to see on the river than the road - reall...  more »