Haast is on the edge of wilderness - literally! It borders the edge of the Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage Area. A 3 hour or so drive south from Hokitika, it offers a unique insight to the "real New Zealand".
Between Hokitika & Haast, Jackson Bay
Some suggestions for stops just north of Haast include the Munro Beach Walk to view Fiordland Crested Penguins or Ships Creek for a great picnic spot and short walks. Knights Point is a wonderful viewpoint overlooking the coast and is well signposted. For those who have a little more time, drive to the end of the Coast road to Jackson Bay.
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.
The Haast Highway between Haast and Haast Pass winds past bluffs and river flats. A 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 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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