Blue Pools Track is closed for maintenance work until further notice. For more information, visit Department of Conservation.(opens in new window)

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, Wānaka

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

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

Blue Pools Track(opens in new window)

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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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