Take a short, easy walk through beech/tawhero forest to these stunning crystal pools in the Makarora River. After crossing the swingbridge, follow the path to a viewing platform over the Blue Pools and fabulous views up the river gorge.
WHAT I LIKE:
These pools are mesmorizing and seriously this blue! Watch large brown and rainbow trout feeding in the pools and the threatened yellowhead/mohua can often be heard in the canopy.
BEST TIME TO GET THERE:
Always open but the afternoon sun will show off the aqua blue in the best light.
About 20 minutes / 1.5 km return via the same track. Start from the Blue Pools car park, off the Haast Highway 8 km from the township of Makarora.
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