Blue Pools Track

Blue Pools Track

Haast Pass/Tioripatea



70 Rankers Reviews

57 Face-to-Face

455 Walking

4 Makarora

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The clearest, bluest water ever - Blue Pools
Swing bridges lead the way


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.


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.


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWanaka RegionMakarora


  • Walking
  • Free


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Andrew Hammond


Ranking: 8/10

The pictures don't do it justice. The most amazing clear blue water. Take the track down to the rocks and build a cairn but watch out for the sand flies. Short walk from the car park and good chance to stretch tired legs.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Ranking: 5/10

There are several trails here. The pools are a touristthing and not very special. Swimable, not jumpable. Maybe after heavy rain or in spring. But please take the time to walk further (Young track) you'll pass two better swingbridges, beautiful divers scenery and no people. This one is about 90 minutes return.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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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 over 2 years ago

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Samantha Brewin

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth the short walk in...beautiful!

Reviewed almost 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Luuk Kienhorst


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 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Juan Viscegle


Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Kirsten Helsgaun


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 about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jaime Alarma Olmos


Ranking: 8/10

Nice and easy walk from the carpark.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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