Blue Pools Track

  • Walking

Nestled among mature beech and podocarp forest, these pools of deep, clear water flowing into the Makarora River offer a moment of tranquillity. This is one of the Department of Conservation's best short walks.

An easy short walk through mature beech and podocarp forest leads to these natural wonders of pure glacial water gathered from the mountains. Walk through beech forest to a swing bridge over 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.

Return on the same track.

The Blue-Young Link Track continues on from the Blue Pools bridge. 

Nature and conservation

The threatened yellowhead/mohua can often be heard in the canopy.


  • Rapidly changing weather – this walk is in an alpine region.

The nearest toilet facilities are at the Cameron Flat Campsite, a 25 min walk via the Cameron - Blue Pools link walking track, or a five minute drive.

The visitor centre in Makarora is no longer available. Contact the Awarua/Haast or Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park visitor centres for visitor information, including trip planning, and track and weather updates for this region.

In the area

For information on transport, accommodation, activities, and attractions in the Lake Wanaka region, refer to Discover Wanaka (external site).

How to get here

From Wanaka, drive north on the Haast Highway (SH6). Continue past the toilets and airstrip near Rata Rd, along the highway for about 6 minutes / 8.5 km. The track starts from the Blue Pools carpark off the Haast Highway.

Track Elevation

Map of Track

More information

DOC Short Walks Brochure -
Mountain Safety Council Plan My Trip
Page last updated: Sep 8, 2020, 3:40 PM