Ship Creek got its name from an odd historical twist, but the beach and creek are a nice area for a relaxing walk. But be warned of the sandflies.The name comes from a rather improbably shipwreck on the beach just south of the river mouth. Back in 1855 a ship struck the Australian coast and after all on board exited safely, part of the ship floated...more
As if the coast line doesn't already have enough gorgeous vantage points, there is one with great views, picnic tables and toilet facilities.About 30km north of Haast, Knights Point is a majestic rocky outcrop dropping into the sea. There were scenic views both north and south, lots of birds circling over head and of course the sound and smell of...more
Fifteen minute walk into the deep rain forest, where giant trees looming over, covered in light green moss, fresh air and beautiful chirping birds from above, lead you to a vast gorge connected by a hanging bridge. Quite wobbly but pretty secure. Just don't look down... :DThe forest thinning along the wooden path leading to a corner curving...more
Sometimes, a tourists just have to do what tourists have to do. Moreover, since the morning was cold, I took the opportunity to go bird chasing. Actually, I was doing my run to keep myself warm while the sea birds were just lazing on the large field in front of the hotel. No worries, none of the birds were harmed. :)more
The Haast Pass is the lowest route over the Main Divide, rising only to 563 metres. The road begins as early as 1929. But it was in 1965 that they finally connected the Paringa -Haast Section of the Highway to State Highway 6. The highway now is the gateway to Wanaka.Do check if Haast Pass is closed during winter.more
Fantail Cafe is a fairly simple place. There are no frills here, but the food is good and the restaurant is clean. There are several tables inside and on the patio (weather permitting). After you order and pay at the counter, the servers will deliver your food to your table. There's a full menu of coffees and bakery goods that you'd expect to find...more
The Pub is in the township of Haast, and is a great place to meet the locals of the Coast. Don't be put off by their hard exterior - they are really friendly people.Smithys is a bit of a watering hole but also does some great meals.During the Whitebait season - wrap your laughing gear around a whitebait pattie - a local speciality. It may not be...more
30 Reviews and Opinions
OK, other than the sandflies along the beach, there really is nothing to worry about in Haast.
The biggest dangers would be running out of cash (no ATM's), getting stuck on the road side (limited phone coverage) and the sandflies along the beach.
But other than all of those, you should be perfectly safe, unless you of course try to ride your bike across the irregular walk in front of the Visitor Center... the sign made me laugh since I'm an avid biker.
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...more