Haast Pass/Tioripatea short walks

Track category

Easy access short walk
Short walk


Roaring Billy Falls

Time:  25 minutes return
Distance:  1 km

An easy walk along a track lined with tree fern, passing some fine examples of miro, matai and silver beech trees.  The broad gravel bed of the Haast River is in contrast to the jumble of huge boulders over which the aptly named Roaring Billy cascades.

Pleasant Flat

Time: 5 min return
Distance: 0.2 km

Starting from the carpark this is an enjoyable, short bush walk beside a tranquil mountain stream. Pleasant Flat is an attractive picnic and camping area with impressive views of Mount Hooker. Overnight camping is permitted; a small charge applies.

Thunder Creek Falls

Time: 5 min return
Distance: 0.2 km

An easy walk along a sealed track, that passes through kahāmi and silver beech to the 28 metre, spectacular and aptly named, Thunder Creek Falls.

Blue Pools Walk

Time: 1 hr return
Distance: 1.5 km

An easy walk that starts at the carpark just north of Muddy Creek and leads through silver beech/tahina to a swingbridge overlooking the pools at the mouth of Blue River. Large brown and rainbow trout can often be seen feeding in the pools.

Fantail Falls. Photo: S Sawyers.
Fantail Falls Walk, Haast Highway

Fantail Falls

Time: 5 min return
Distance: 0.2 km

From the carpark the short bush walk leads to a beautiful fan-shaped waterfall at the foot of Fantail Creek.

Cameron Lookout Walk

Time: 20 min return
Distance: 1 km

The walk takes you up through silver beech forest to a viewing platform overlooking the Makarora Valley and surrounding mountain peaks.

Makarora Bush

Time: 15 min
Distance: 1 km

Starting from the car park, just north of the Makarora Visitor Centre, this looped nature walk passes through podocarp and silver beech forest with good specimens of matai, miro, kahikatea and rimu. Another feature is a pitsaw display, illustrating this pioneering timber milling technique.

Kidds Bush Nature Walk

Time: 30 min
Distance: 1 km

Sawyer Burn Track

Time: 2 hr to the bushline and return
Distance: 2.5 km

Both walks start from the Kidds Bush Recreation Reserve, six kilometres along the Hunter Valley Road – turn off SH 6 at The Neck. The nature walk is an easy loop track through mountain beech forest.

The Sawyer Burn Track climbs through the forest to the bushline and has superb views of Lake Hawea and the surrounding mountains.

Getting there

Haast Pass/Tioripatea is on State Highway 6, the road linking Wanaka and Haast.


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About the area

This 140 km section of State Highway 6 is a spectacular and scenic road linking Wanaka and Haast.  It reaches beyond wind-whipped Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, through golden tussock-covered hills, to wind among steep mountains cloaked in lush rainforest and cross tumbling rivers.  It then skirts undulating forests that seemingly float in tea-stained swamps, to finally reach the foaming surf of the Tasman Sea. 

The forested section of the highway passes through the mountain ranges of Mount Aspiring National Park, and provides a spectacular backdrop to much of the road. 

Related link

Walks along the Haast Highway brochure (PDF, 1805K)


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Alerts for West Coast places


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Address:   13 State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
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Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 750 0809
Address:   Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
South Westland
Email:   haastvc@doc.govt.nz
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