Blue Pools Swing Bridge
Image: Shellie Evans ©


Nestled among mature beech and podocarp forest, these pools of deep, clear water flowing into the Makarora River offer a moment of tranquillity. This is one of our best short walks.



Fitness required: Suitable for most fitnesses
Gradient: Flat 

Track overview

1.5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


An easy short walk through mature beech and podocarp forest leads to these natural wonders of pure glacial water gathered from the mountains. Walk through beech forest to a swing bridge over Makarora River. Continue on a boardwalk to the second swing bridge, which is the viewing platform over the Blue Pools. Cross this bridge for great views up the river gorge.

Return on the same track.

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

What to expect

Change in elevation: +/- 50 m

  • Rapidly changing weather – this walk is in an alpine region.

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.

In the area

For information on transport, accommodation, activities, and attractions in the Lake Wanaka region, refer to


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