Blue Pools Swing Bridge
Image: Shellie Evans | ©
1.5 km return via same 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 if numbers allowed have been reached.
Return on the same track.
The Blue-Young Link Track continues on from the Blue Pools bridge.
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.
The threatened yellowhead/mohua can often be heard in the canopy.
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.
There are restrictions for numbers of people allowed at any one time on bridges on this track - be prepared to wait at each end if numbers allowed have been reached. Overloading bridge structures could result in serious injury or death.
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.
For information on transport, accommodation, activities, and attractions in the Lake Wanaka region, refer to Discover Wanaka.