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.
Start from the Blue Pools car park, off the Haast Highway (SH6), 8 km from the township of Makarora.
Nature and conservation
Know before you go
What to expect
Change in elevation: +/- 50 m
- Rapidly changing weather – this walk is in an alpine region.
The nearest toilet facilities are at the Cameron Flat Campsite, a 25 min walk via the Cameron - Blue Pools link walking track, or a five minute drive.
In the area
For information on transport, accommodation, activities, and attractions in the Lake Wanaka region, refer to Discover Wanaka.