WHAT TO DO IN HAAST
HAAST RIVER SAFARI
Award winning Haast River Safari offers a jet-boat experience with a difference. Our innovative safari-craft are fully enclosed, and have front loading access allowing passengers of all ages a unique river experience while remaining warm and dry. This is a scenic and educational river cruise, with a highly experienced local guide through the Haast River Valley into the heart of Te Wahipounamu, the South West World Heritage Area
Let us take you on the experience of a lifetime to New Zealand's last frontier, with beautiful untouched scenery of mountains, rainforests, and coastlines.
Either enjoy a 30 minute stop at Milford Sound to enjoy the magnificent scenery or take a 90 minute cruise while your pilot and helicopter wait for you before returning to Haast via the Coastline or Mountain vistas, including Mount Aspiring. We can also offer fishing packages to remote river sites for that elusive Brown Trout.
WAIATOTO RIVER SAFARI
Travel up the river over 16km with frequent stops to learn about the local history, the kiwi bird sanctuary, geology, flora and fauna of New Zealand and of course take photos. You will pass through the infamous fault line and see for your self massive ancient rock thrown up by the earth’s mantle many thousands of years ago and sit in the heart of the greenstone country. At the top of the river after seeing the landscape and river change dramatically many times, there is the option of an easy forest stroll into the ancient beach forest.
BLUE POOLS TRACK
An easy short walk through mature beech and podocarp forest leads to these natural wonders of pure glacial water gathered from the mountains. Travel through open flats for spectacular mountain views and enjoy the coolness of the beech forest to a swing bridge over the Makarora River.
Continue on a boardwalk to the second swing bridge, which is the viewing platform over the Blue Pools. Cross this bridge for great views up the river gorge.