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.

There's a limit to the number people allowed on the swing bridges at any one time – be prepared to wait at each end if numbers allowed have been reached. 

Return on the same track.

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

Getting there

From Wanaka, drive north on the Haast Highway (SH6) to Makarora township. Continue past the toilets and airstrip near Rata Rd, along the highway for about 6 minutes / 8.5 km. The track starts from the Blue Pools carpark off the Haast Highway.

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 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.

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.

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land - see Recreational drone use and Commercial drone use for more information.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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