Blue Pools

Point of Interest

4.3 from 19 users.


Haast Pass-Makarora Rd, Mt Aspiring National Park, South Island.


Nestled among mature beech and podocarp forest, these pools of deep, clear water flowing into the Makarora River offer a moment of tranquillity. The walk is 3 km return via same track. 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. The Blue-Young Link Track continues on from the Blue Pools bridge. Dogs are not permitted.

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Lat: -44.162198 Lng: 169.270673

User Reviews



Blue pools not accessible



Pools not accessible as bridges are closed- can still do the walk to some water before the bridge but no further



Beautiful spot and great walk to the pools, however lots and lots of sandflies even in the rain which took away from the experience a little bit.


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