Makarora Bush Walk

Makarora Bush Walk - Haast Pass/Tioripatea

Makarora Bush Walk

Haast Pass/Tioripatea



6 Rankers Reviews

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467 Walking

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Old pit saw site


1 km return | 15 minutes return

This looped nature walk passes through podocarp and silver beech forest with good specimens of matai, miro, kahikatea and rimu. Another feature is a pitsaw display, illustrating this pioneering timber milling technique.


The start of the track is 18 km south of Haast Pass and 100 m north of the Makarora Visitor Centre.


Follow the anticlockwise loop and keep right at junction with the track to Mount Shrimpton.


This is a remnant mixed beech podocarp forest with some large matai. The denser understorey is festooned with moss.

European History

The remains of the old pitsaw site hark back to days when much of surrounding areas was cleared of timber for use in expanding Otago goldfields.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWanaka RegionMakarora


  • Walking
  • Free



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Emilio Peretto


Ranking: 7/10

Easy walk and beautiful, amazing forest.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Mariano Martin


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful and easy little walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Augustina Fernandez


Ranking: 7/10

Stunning and easy walk. Beautiful forest.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ferry and Carlyn


Ranking: 10/10

Easy walk, also for our daughter of three years. Beautiful forest.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

A well maintained and interesting little walk. The visitor centre cum café will tell you what to look out for, and serve you refreshments on your return.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in September 2011

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