Blue Pools Car Park

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New car park for the blue pools. Fits all sizes of cars/vans. No overnight parking or freedom camping allowed. Toilets provided. An easy short walk through mature beech and podocarp forest leads to these natural wonders of pure glacial water gathered from the mountains. Travel through open flats for spectacular mountain views and enjoy the coolness of the beech forest to a swing bridge over the Makarora River. Continue on a boardwalk to the second swing bridge, which is the viewing platform over the Blue Pools. Cross this bridge for great views up the river gorge. There's a limit to the number people allowed on the swing bridges at any one time be prepared to wait at each end if numbers allowed have been reached. Return on the same track - 3km return. The Blue-Young Link Track continues on from the Blue Pools bridge.

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Lat: -44.160509 Lng: 169.286983

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Great 3km return walk to the blue pools and across 2 swing bridges. Easy walk that you can do at your own pace. pretty flat with little bits up and down but nothing steep. There is stairs to go up onto the first swing bridge and stairs if you want to go down to the blue pools on the river bank, otherwise it is pram accessible. Beautiful view and stunning forest. Bits of shade and sun so it doesn't get too hot or cold.


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