Blue Pools // Haast Pass (NZ)

Crystal clear blue water at Blue Pools in New Zealand’s picturesque Haast Past. This should be on your bucket list.


  • The most breathtaking clear blue river and pool
  • Jumping (at your own risk) from a swing bridge into ice cold water
  • scenic drive past the lakes and admiring snow-capped mountains in the distance

If crystal clear blue water, bushwalking through native forest and leaping off suspended bridges into deep, ice blue water sounds like your kind of party – then I’ve got just the place for you: the no-nonsense named Blue Pools – located in New Zealand’s picturesque Haast Pass.

At the very south of the West Coast region on the South Island, just north of the Southern Lakes, this is a half day trip not to be missed if you’re staying in Wanaka, or even Queenstown.

Take the state highway 6 from Queenstown or Wanaka, past Albert Town and Lake Hawea, to a town called Makarora. Here you will find a busy roadside café and not much else. Head 10 mins further and you will reach a carpark and the start of the walk.Its a super easy

It’s a super easy, 20-minute walk to reach the two suspended bridges and that unforgettable inviting water! For those thrill seekers, my favourite part of the day was leaping from the bridge and letting the splash steal my breath away (do this at your own risk, and always check the depth of your landing before taking the leap of faith). With plenty of spectators cheering me on to take the plunge, I couldn’t back down!

Essential Gear

  • water
  • running shoes
  • camera
  • sunblock
  • hat
  • insect repellent (so many sand flies)
  • Swimmers and a towel

How To Get There

Google Maps directions


  • Swimming
  • Jumping from a suspended bridge
  • Photography
  • tramping (hiking)

Skill Level


Distance Covered / Elevation Gain

1.5km return via same track