• Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Walking and hiking trails


  • By car: 1 hr from Wanaka
  • By car: 55 min from Haast

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Located on the Haast Pass Highway between Wanaka and the West Coast, Makarora is a hikers’ hub and an access point for the Mt Aspiring National Park.

Located an awe-inspiring 60kms from Wanaka, Makarora comes complete with spectacular mountain scenery, alpine vegetation and river valleys of silver beech .

Explore either by helicopter, plane, jet boat or on foot. The many and varied walks available from Makarora include the famed Siberia Valley and Gillespie Pass Circuit, and – not for the faint-hearted or the afraid-of-heights – Rabbit Pass. Add to that the myriad of short walks and multi-day adventures available and you could easily stay in Makarora forever!

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