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Haast Pass

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Haast Pass is a beautiful scenic drive that leads to the West Coast.

Haast Pass is a beautiful scenic drive that leads to the West Coast.

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Quite a ride!

We drove this pass en route to Christchurch, and it was very dramatic with its high mountains, curvy roads, and beautiful views. Sadly, we didn't stop along the way, but there... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Santa Fe, NM
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Santa Fe, NM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove this pass en route to Christchurch, and it was very dramatic with its high mountains, curvy roads, and beautiful views. Sadly, we didn't stop along the way, but there were certainly viewing areas where we could have done some walking and sightseeing.....just not enough time as we were on a tour. I'm happy the weather cooperated with clear... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you get a chance, get a copy of the on-line "Walks Along The Haast Highway" (Mount Aspiring National Park) from the New Zealand Department of Conservation. There are a surprising number of great stopping points, short hike and tracks along the Tioripatea Highway. We choose to stop to take pictures and admire the natural beauty at the 'Gates of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

We travelled over the pass in the evening We were lucky enough to have fine weather which made for great views of all the peaks The beech trees and open river flats are very beautiful It is definitely worth allowing enough time to go on all the short waterfall and river walks along the the road Likewise it is definitely... More 

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Reviewed March 8, 2017

Wanting to get to Queenstown quickly TomTom took me via Haast Pass.The drive was relaxing and picturesque and my only regret was that I hadn't the time to stop and enjoy it's beauty.

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Reviewed March 5, 2017

Moving inland from West Coast, blue sky reflecting on bluer lakes. A 'must-go drive' in NZ. Stunning natural beauty, take your time to enjoy

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Reviewed February 25, 2017

Hwy 6 between Haast Village and Lake Wanaka must be one of the best driving roads that I've been on. There are stunning views of the mountains as you drive alongside the Haast River (Mt Campbell, Mt McFarlane) then great scenic spots beside the Thunder Creek Falls, Fantail Falls and Gates of Haast. When we visited in early February, a... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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Reviewed February 7, 2017

It was raining most of the way down on this trip. We stopped at Thunder Creek Falls. The rain was not quite as hard and the falls were spectacular. It was just a short walk to the viewing area and well worth the stop. We continued on to Fantail Falls and by then the rain had nearly stopped. This also... More 

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed February 5, 2017

From Haast to Makarora, the stops, overlooks, walks, scenery is exquisite. Take a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. We did!

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Reviewed January 14, 2017

Roaring Billy falls, Thunder falls, Fantail falls, all worth a visit. At the summit of Haast Pass there are walks on both sides of the road with a view down the valley, and on the other side a short climb into the alpine flora gives views of the surrounding mountains. Altogether a very rewarding drive with wonderful walks.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed December 20, 2016

We decided to stay overnight in Haast to break up our drive from Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown, and we are so glad we did. We were able to take our time traveling the Haast Highway over the Pass and through Mt. Aspiring National Park, visiting the Blue Pools and several waterfalls near the road, and then around the lakes... More 

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