Blue Pools Track

1 hour

1.5 km(return)


  • Swing bridge
  • Native beech forests
  • Azure blue pools



Wander through beautiful native forests and over a swing bridge to experience the pristine waters of Makarora River's Blue Pools.

Blue Pools, Wanaka


West Coast
Haast Blue Pools, West Coast

By Julian Apse

Blue Pools, Wanaka

By Julian Apse

Blue Pools, Wanaka

By Velaia (ParisPeking)

Stroll through beech/tawhero forest to a swing bridge that crosses the Makarora River. Follow the boardwalk to a viewing platform over the Blue Pools then cross the Blue Pools bridge for great views up the river gorge.

Along the way look out for large trout feeding in the pools and listen for the threatened yellowhead/mohua, which can often be heard in the canopy.

Department of Conservation

Click the link below for more information and detailed maps about this hike.

Blue Pools Track

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Getting there

The walk starts at a carpark 8km from the town of Makarora along the Haast Highway (SH6).

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