The Blue Pools are a major tourist high light when driving through the Southern Alps from Lake Wanaka to Haast Pass.

The walk to the Blue Pools will take you 30mins one way down a nice walking track. The pools really are very blue and worth taking a look at. No drones allowed either.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: South Island NZ
  • Distance: 1 km
  • Time needed: 1 Hour
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 360m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: No
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: No
  • Last Updated: November, 2019

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Points of interest along the walk​

The Blue Pools Car park

You should see the 2Km left to reach the Blue Pools sign. The car park is on your right if you are travelling from Wanaka, the walkway is on your Right.

The first swing bridge

The 30 minutes walk to the Blue Pools is on a very good level wide gravel surface. You could push a pram to the first swing bridge but getting up on to the first swing bridge will be a challenge.

The Blue Pools

Just before you reach the swing bridge over the Blue Pools there is a good track leading down to the Makaroa River on your Left hand side of the track, with better views of the Blue Pools and the swing bridges.
If you have time up your sleeve, you can walk over the second swing bridge and walk 1.5 Km the Young Valley, this track is not so easy.

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