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  • Visit Thunder Creek Falls  
  • Visit Haast, the ocean gateway to the West Coast 
  • Stop and admire the Haast Pass and glacial mountains of Aspiring National Park 
  • Hike into the Blue Pools, famous for their colour and scenery 
  • Stop at Lake Hawea for photos 
  • Enjoy swimming, lunch on the coast, and short walks with other international students and friends 

 

Overview 

Enjoy your journey over Haast Pass to the coast. Short walks begin at the road's edge, leading you through the rain forest to fabulous waterfalls. 

The drive to the West Coast passes through spectacular scenery. This route was a traditional pathway for Maori journeying west in search of pounamu (greenstone or jade). The basins that are filled by Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka were gouged out by the Hawea and Wanaka Glaciers.

A number of short walks begin at the highway's edge between Makarora to Haast. Favourites include walks to the Blue Pools, Fantail Falls, Thunder Creek Falls and Roaring Billy. At the Gates of Haast gorge, many travelers stop to photograph the wild water as it crashes over the river boulders. 

 

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details 

Start/Finish 

Depart: 7:30 am from O'Connells Mall | 7:45 am from Frankton Bus Shelter

Return: 6:30 pm to Frankton Bus Shelter | 6:45 pm to O'Connells Mall

Meals

Bring your own Lunch

Bring

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Warm Jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Sturdy shoes for walking
  • Gloves and hat if cold
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Group size

8-19

Difficulty

A leisurely exploration and tour.