Blue Pools in Makarora River
Image: Shellie Evans ©  


Walk to beautiful pools in the Makarora River – it's a short, easy walk with a swingbridge and is suitable for children.

Track overview

1.5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Walk through beech/tawhero forest to a swing bridge over Makarora River. After crossing the river, follow a boardwalk to a viewing platform over the Blue Pools. Soon after, cross the Blue Pools bridge for great views up the river gorge.

Large brown and rainbow trout can often be seen feeding in the pools.

The Blue-Young Link Track continues on from the Blue Pools bridge. 

Getting there

Start from the Blue Pools car park, off the Haast Highway (SH6), 8 km from the township of Makarora.

Nature and conservation

The threatened yellowhead/mohua can often be heard in the canopy.

Know before you go

The visitor centre in Makarora is no longer available. Contact the Awarua/Haast or Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park visitor centres for visitor information, including trip planning, and track and weather updates for this region.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Full office details
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