Blue Pools Track

Haast Pass/Tioripatea

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1.8 km return | 1 hour return

Blue Pools are one of the most popular walks off the Haast Highway and with good reason. Pools derive name from the glacial flour suspended in the water which gives them a deep…..well….blue colour. Watch people bridge jump into the glacial waters or build rock stacks on the beach. Or knock them down - wherever you lie on this hotly polarised debate.

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Access

Blue Pools are well signposted 9.7 km from Haast Pass on the Otago side. There is a hige parking area on the opposite side of the road to the start of the track.

Track

The track descends through sizable siverl beech forest to cross the Makarora River on a swingbridge.

The long boardwalk leads to another bridge over Blue Pools, or you can nip down the short side track to the beach.

62 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

So gorgeous, so tempting! Great swimming spot. It IS cold. Witnessed plenty of jumps from the swingbridge...not so keen on being introduced to the temperature of the water that way. A gentle dip can be had down below the bridge. Amazing place for rock skimming and stacking. Photo ops from all angles.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Samantha Brewin

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth the short walk in...beautiful!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Katrina Sedl

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Water was very pretty but I did expect a little more.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Colin Fisher

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Good short hike and nice place to stretch your legs. Neat pools.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Chris Schmolz

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Some great scenery, especially crystal clear water you can swim in. Super cold but super worth it. Not a lot of other areas where you can explore the blue pools.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Sammy Kerrod

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

The cleanest water you will ever see! Awesome photo spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Magdalena

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome pools, great bridges, jumping off the second bridge is the best!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Luuk Kienhorst

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Walk towards the Blue Pools was nice despite the many sandflies. However, in December, the pools are greenish and not blue. Furthermore, the pools are more half circles in the river edges.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Juan Viscegle

Argentina

Ranking: 7/10

After an amazing road between the Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, a nice stop to chill.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Kirsten Helsgaun

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

You walk through a nice little forest until you get to the river with beautiful blue water, it is worth a stop if you are on the Haast Road.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jaime Alarma Olmos

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Nice and easy walk from the carpark.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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gonzalo caldiz

Ranking: 9/10

Short and easy walk from the parking, well signed, great place to visit, beautiful!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Navina

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous walk, unfortunately one bridge was under maintenance.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

62 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Katrina's avatar

Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

So gorgeous, so tempting! Great swimming spot. It IS cold. Witnessed plenty of jumps from the swingbridge...not so keen on being introduced to the temperature of the water that way. A gentle dip can be had down below the bridge. Amazing place for rock skimming and stacking. Photo ops from all angles.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Samantha Brewin

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth the short walk in...beautiful!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

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Katrina Sedl's avatar

Katrina Sedl

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Water was very pretty but I did expect a little more.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Colin Fisher

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Good short hike and nice place to stretch your legs. Neat pools.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Chris Schmolz

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Some great scenery, especially crystal clear water you can swim in. Super cold but super worth it. Not a lot of other areas where you can explore the blue pools.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Sammy Kerrod

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

The cleanest water you will ever see! Awesome photo spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Magdalena

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome pools, great bridges, jumping off the second bridge is the best!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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Luuk Kienhorst

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Walk towards the Blue Pools was nice despite the many sandflies. However, in December, the pools are greenish and not blue. Furthermore, the pools are more half circles in the river edges.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Juan Viscegle

Argentina

Ranking: 7/10

After an amazing road between the Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, a nice stop to chill.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Kirsten Helsgaun

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

You walk through a nice little forest until you get to the river with beautiful blue water, it is worth a stop if you are on the Haast Road.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jaime Alarma Olmos

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Nice and easy walk from the carpark.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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gonzalo caldiz

Ranking: 9/10

Short and easy walk from the parking, well signed, great place to visit, beautiful!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Navina

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous walk, unfortunately one bridge was under maintenance.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016