A great half/full day trip to Jacksons Bay will really finish off your West Coast experience. Jacksons Bay is at the end of the Coast Road. There was once a plan to connect the road all the way to Milford Sounds - but Jacksons Bay was as far as they got.
You past a few other settlement on the way, and there are a couple of good Nature Reserves to stop at as well - Hapuka Walk - is well worth a stop.
The history stories are full of tales about hard times and hard country
If you have a 4WD head up the Cascade Road and take a picnic (pray for a gentle breeze as it keeps the Sandflies away).
Driving from Franz Josef and Fox Glacier to Haast was all about mountains and lakes. What joy when we hit the beach after a long drive on the Haast Highway. It was a full stretch of lovely sand and nice foamy waves.
Makarora is a very small township which offers accommodation, restaurants & cafe and sightseeing flights.
Other services includes a souvenir shop, grocery store, petrol station, and flight booking and post office.
Head to the Visitor Centre for more information.
Many cars stop by at this bridge which is the gate way between Haast Pass and Wanaka.
This area is infested with lots of sand fly. I stood down to pose for a pic and found a swarm of them attacking my legs and accidentally dropped the camera.
Do spray some insecticides before you leave the car.
Not too sure if this was Lake Paringa or somewhere near its vicinity?
This place is 30 mins drive from Bruce Bay.
We find it scenic and decided to stop by for a few pics.
Let me know if u know exactly where is this place.
We bypass Bruce Bay on our way to Haast.
There were some others who stop to admire the coastal area while others took a short break from long hours of driving.
There was a beautiful motorbike with its handsome owner ;p
We stop by Ship Creek to take a look at the surroundings. Ship Creek got its name because of a famous ship wreck.
Didnt manage to stay too long as we are feeding those sandflies and there are swamp of them attacking fresh meat.
There is a view tower where you could climb us to have a beautiful view of the coastal area.
Sand dunes are formed here due to the wave, storms, current and strong winds which bring the sediments down by the river to the sea .
You will bypass Knights Point Lookout when you travel from the Glaciers to Hasst.
There is a monument which was unvieled on 6 Nov 1965 by then the Prime Minister, Keith Hollyoake to commenorate the offical opening of the Paringa-Hasst section of the highway linking Westland and Otago via Hasst Pass.
You will be able to see spot seal if you are lucky or if you brought your binoculars along.
If you're heading to Haast then you are "Off the Beaten Path" - which is great and just the way the locals like it. I once hitchhiked up the coast and it took me 2 long days to get only 300kms. Then I cycled down the coast and it took me 6 days to get 500kms (---Man!! I gotta invest in a car!!!)
Although the roads are empty - when a car does come... it comes fast. ( The Cops have a field day handing out Speeding Tickets). Take it easy along the road - and stop every chance you get. It a fantasic place.
The Thunder Creek Falls is a 28 metres waterfall. Park your car and do a quick and easy walk. What's more, the sound you hear from the waterfall itself is totally awe-inspiring.