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Haast is on the edge of wilderness - literally! It borders the edge of the Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage Area.

Between Hokitika & Haast

  • Just north of Haast stop at the Munro Beach Walk tand you might be lucky and see Fiordland Crested Penguins
  • Stop at Ships Creek for a great picnic spot and short walks.
  • Take in the view at Knights Point, overlooking the coast

3.5 hours south to Haast Township

  • Haast township offers a good place to stretch your legs. There are basic traveller services and a great DoC information centre here.
  • For the keen, try sea fishing, fly fishing, whitebaiting (in season), deer stalking, bird watching, tramping, nature walks, jet boat safaris, helicopter adventures and glacier flights. 

4.5 hours south to Haast Pass

  • The Haast Highway is beautiful as it winds past bluffs and river flats.
  • A must do photo stop is the Gates of HaastThe sheer gorge with its huge boulders was the most challenging sector of the Haast Highway. Just please don't stop on the bridge, there is a layaway you can use.
  • Haast Pass is 563m above sea-level and is the lowest crossing point over the Southern Alps. 
  • One of the best short walks near the pass is the Blue Pools Walk. It is an easy walk to a series of crystal clear pools that have been carved out of the rocks by centuries of erosion.

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