Haast Pass Travel Guide

  • The Haast Pass
    The Haast Pass
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  • The Blue River flows into the Makarora River
    The Blue River flows into the Makarora...
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  • Blue Pools
    Blue Pools
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Haast Pass Things to Do

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    by al2401 Written Jul 19, 2012

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    On the west side of the summit of the Haast Pass is the Gates of Haast where the bridge of the same name crosses the Haast River.

    There are government plans to replace the single lane bridge with a more modern dual lane structure. Although the span of the bridge is structurally sound, the effect of continued landslides and force of water on its foundations mean that its continued operation is at risk.

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    Thunder Creek Falls

    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 5, 2012

    One of New Zealand's most spectacular waterfalls, Thunder Creek Falls are just off the road. Don't miss this--it's easily worth the brief stop.

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    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 5, 2012

    One attraction along the Haast Pass highway that is definitely worth stopping for is the beautiful Blue Pools Walk. Located where the Blue River flows into the Makarora River, it's accessible by a well-marked trail that takes you over some rope bridges. They're not too steady, but the view is awesome. The water from the glaciers is SO blue, it seems unreal.

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Haast Pass Sports & Outdoors

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    Pushing up the hill

    by mountainpoet Updated Jun 11, 2003

    Heading East to West is the easiest but the real fun is going West to East. The hills are steeper going up but the down hill is alot more fun (I think).
    You need to be careful on the downhill heading west, as there are Cattle stops on the road. Hitting them at speed is never pretty and if it's wet they can be deadly.

    Equipment: A good granny gear on your peddly.
    And some shades to protect your eyes from those "Tear Producing" speeds on way down.

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    Haast pass

    by bicycle_girl Written May 4, 2003

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    I biked Haast pass, from North to South, and lived to tell about it... The route is much steeper this way, there is about a full km of steep and sustained uphill that made me grind, and that is not counting the rest of the climbing. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It is beautiful and there is much to see from the road. I am sure there is a lot of hiking to do around as well.

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    After Haast pass

    by bicycle_girl Written May 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Make sure you bring wet weather gear. It will rain. Haast pass is best visited by foot or by bike. It is wild and remote. There are no stores or services, so make sure you ahve enough water and food with you.

    Fondest memory: After climbing the pass, there was a fine downhill, and then the landscape became much drier, and I found myself being pushed by a strong tailwind. Priceless...

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