Haast Pass, South Island

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#3 of 11 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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  • September 30, 2017
    Absolutely loved going through the Haast Pass. I must have stopped 20 times to explore various lookouts or waterfalls along the way, it was just spectacular. Road can be a bit twisty and turny but whe...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    At times it was like driving through "the valley of the waterfalls". There are so many beautiful sights that I felt guilty for the one driving not being able to take in everything the way I could. For...  more »
  • May 24, 2017
    Stunningly beautiful all the way and I never saw another car I first had to climb very steeply up the mountain and it then followed a very steep descent. After that drove beside the River Haast and pi...  more »

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