An extension of the very popular Blue Pools Walk and connects with the Young River. It's also an alternative, high river route to the stat of the Gillespie Pass Circuit.

Track overview

7 km return via same track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The bridge over the Blue River. Photo: A Smith.
The bridge over the Ore Stream on the link track to the Young

The track starts at the Blue Pools car park. After 10 minutes, just after the first swing bridge, it branches to the left. Soon after, it crosses the Blue Pools Bridge for great views up the river gorge. From here the track continues through beech/tawhero forest to Rainy Flat and then opens up onto sections of farmland and bush that lead to the mouth of the Young River.

Note, in high river conditions, this track also provides an alternative route to the mouth of the Young River and the start of the Gillespie Pass Circuit. This circuit is a tramping track - those who want to continue up the Young Valley need to have a good level of fitness and a moderate to high level of backcountry skills and experience.

Getting there

The Blue-Young Link Track is an extension of the very popular Blue Pools Track. Access is from the Blue Pools car park, off  the Haast Highway (SH6).

Know before you go

While most of the track is well formed, the last 30 metres before the Young River is steep and unformed.

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.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   0272696871
Fax:   03 4437660
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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