Helicopter flying over Haast Valley Helicopter flying over Haast Valley

Haast

World Heritage Area

A region so spectacular UNESCO named it a "World Heritage" area.

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On the edge of the wilderness

The Haast region is a lost world that is so spectacular and remote UNESCO awarded it the status of being a "World Heritage" area.

From Haast to Jackson Bay there are spectacular beaches, dunes, lakes and wetlands, all with the soaring backdrop of the Southern Alps making it an outdoor enthusiast's playground.

People come here not only for the scenery but also for:

  • Hunting.
  • Tramping.
  • The wildlife (native birds, fur seals, Hectors Dolphins and Fiordland Crested Penguins).
  • The short and long walks in the area.
  • Unique Jet Boat tours.
  • Breathtaking helicopter flights.

This is real whitebait country and fishing is outstanding from Jackson Bay.

The region of Haast includes:

  • Bruce Bay,
  • Lake Paringa,
  • Lake Moeraki,
  • Haast,
  • Jackson Bay,
  • Haast Pass to Makarora.

How to get to Haast

Weather in Haast


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Attractions between Fox Glacier and Haast


The drive between Fox Glacier and Haast is beautiful and passes many points of interest.

Copland Track

South of Fox Glacier you will find the start of the Copland Track - a 17 km, 7 hour tramp that gradually climbs past waterfalls, mountains and fantastic views to reach Welcome Flat.

With its large hut and natural hot springs it's an awesome place to relax and enjoy the view.

Bruce Bay

At Bruce Bay the road hits the coast. Stop and enjoy the view and the crashing surf of the Tasman Sea and admire the many rock sculptures visitors have built.

Nearby the Monro Beach Walk is your best bet to see the world’s rarest penguin, the Fiordland Crested Penguin.

The penguins are best seen between August to November either late afternoon or early morning. Please don’t take dogs with you – they are a major threat to penguins.

Knights Point Lookout and Ships Creek

Knights Point Lookout has views of the coast north and south and is a favourite stop for travelers. Ships Creek has an excellent viewing tower for seabird watching and you can choose from two trails.

The Kahikatea Forest Walk (30mins) takes you via a boardwalk into kahikatea swamp forest with great bird watching while the Dune Walk (30 mins) goes along the beach and then inland to a small dune lake.

Haast to Paringa cattle track

The historic Haast to Paringa cattle track was built in 1875 by farmers at Haast. Stock were driven from the Landsborough and Cascade valleys to sale yards at Whataroa, a two-week journey at best. It’s now a three-day tramp.

Haast waterfalls

The Haast Highway between Haast and Haast Pass winds past bluffs and river flats.

It is worth doing the very short walk to the Thunder Creek Falls near Pleasant Flat - a 28m high waterfall adjacent to the Haast Highway.

Other good walks include Fantail Falls and Roaring Billy Falls.

Gates of Haast

Another must do photo stop is the Gates of Haast.

The 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

Haast Pass is 563m above sea-level and is the lowest crossing point over the Southern Alps.

It follows an ancient trail used by Maori travelling to the West Coast in search of pounamu or greenstone.

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.

Events

Events

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28 February 2020
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Haast Horse Trek

Three days of riding in the Haast area.

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See, do & stay

Haast
Accommodation
Wilderness Motel Wilderness Accommodation - Backpackers/Motel

Visit our clean, friendly, backpackers/motel. Our spacious internal conservatory is a great place to wind down.
A full range of affordable accommodation - from bunk rooms to studio units.

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Haast
Accommodation
Haast River Top 10 Holiday Park Haast River Motels & Holiday Park

Welcome to Haast River Motels & Holiday Park, your ideal holiday accommodation in the unforgettable West Coast, gateway to our stunning National Park.

$40 - $145
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Haast
Accommodation
Haast Lodge Haast Lodge

Park up, relax and put away the keys for the day. We are the only park in the Haast area within easy walking distance (200m) to playground, souvenir shops and restaurant.

$25 - $35
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Haast
See & Do
Bruce-Bay-New-Zealand.JPG Bruce Bay

Bruce Bay - or Mahitahi - is a small coastal settlement with stunning sea vistas and a wonderfully wild windswept beach, 40km south of Fox Glacier and 80 km from Haast.

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Haast
Eat & Drink
Salmon Farm The Salmon Farm Cafe

Salmon Farm licensed café specializing in fresh and smoked salmon products.

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Towns, Places & Info centres
Conservation Centre Haast 2018 Haast Awarua Department of Conservation Visitor Centre

Discover a place of unsurpassed natural beauty - untouched beaches and rugged glacial river valleys - Indulge yourself in the peace and tranquility that makes this sparsely populated area so special.

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