From the glaciers on the west coast, we crossed the Haast Pass back to the interior of the country. The ride through the Haast Pass itself is already spectacular. In addition, it also offers some highlights, which are absolutely worth a stop. For the next night we went to a campsite at Lake Hawea and were again positively surprised!
The Haast Pass
The Haast Pass runs along the Haast River to Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka. Along the road there are some sights you shouldn’t miss. Look for signs that announce the sights!
The Thunder Creek Falls
The first highlight at the Haast Pass are the Thunder Creek Falls. You can park directly at the highway and you can reach the waterfall in a few meters. The waterfall is quite high and really nice!
A short distance later you will pass Fantail Falls. There is also a hiking trail, but we have just stopped to see the waterfall.
The Blue Pools Walk
Probably the best known stop on the Haast Pass are the Blue Pools. To get to the Blue Pools, you have to walk about twenty minutes from the parking lot. You then come to a Hängebrücke over the river. The name Blue Pools comes from the wells in the river which appear in bright blue. Daring can jump from the bridge into the ice cold water!
Directly after the Haast Pass, we had a wonderful view of Lake Wanaka. Just beautiful!
A little later we came to Lake Hawea, where we had chosen to stay at Lake Hawea Holiday Park. The campsite is not so cheap, but we could camp right on the water and it was very little going on. The place is right on the lake and we had a great view!
With a little luck, it is so windstill at Lake Hawea that the mountains reflect themselves on the water like in a mirror. And lo and behold, we were lucky: