It’s no secret that New Zealand’s South Island is one of the most beautifully scenic places in the world. From magical glaciers to crystal clear fjords, its dramatic scenery and breathtaking backdrops entice visitors from across the globe to come and take a look. The Haast Pass plays a part in the experience, with its winding roads taking you from Wanaka to the West Coast with plenty to see and do along the way. So, what are the most exhilarating experiences that you can enjoy on the Haast Pass? Take a look below to find out.
Jet boating at Mt Aspiring National Park
If you enjoy living life in the fast lane (or lake!), then this experience will get your heart racing. Jet across the ancient river valleys of a World Heritage Area and take in the beautiful sights of snow-capped mountains and authentic, rugged nature. Visitors experience the one-of-a-kind feeling of skimming across inches of water as they plummet through pristine river valleys that are unique to the Wilkin and Makarora Rivers. If you’re after an extra hit of adrenaline, why not check out the heli-jet combo where you can take in the snow-capped mountains from above before you speed across its lakes? These are just some of the many Makarora attractions that keep visitors coming back for more.
See the sights from above
If you’re looking for a thrilling and different way to enjoy the scenery along the Haast Pass, then this one’s for you! As the pass is known for its incredible mountains and glaciers, why not take a closer look from above? Whether you are keen to see the mountains from new heights, take in the views of the hidden lakes or want to experience a one-of-a-kind mountain or snow landing to enjoy the amazing scenery, there will be a helicopter tour for you. Helicopter trips over parts of the Haast Pass are available for you to take in the beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and stunning coast from a completely new angle in this unique and exhilarating experience.
Hike the Franz Josef Glacier
The Franz Josef Glacier is an iconic feature of New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery. Often regarded as one of the most unique glaciers in the world, the Franz Josef Glacier is located in a temperate rainforest, which creates juxtaposed scenery for its visitors that come from across the globe. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the Glacier Heli Hike experience, where you will be whisked away through the incredible scenery to a high up point on the glacier. As your guide step cuts their way through the glacier, you will find yourself chilling out (literally) in ice caves, crawling through blue ice tunnels and experiencing the glacier in a completely different way. After a busy day of hiking and climbing, you can even take a dip in the hot pools to relax among the native rainforest. With plenty of tours on offer, you can personalise your visit with a helicopter flight, an action-packed ice climb or even experience an adventurous overnight alpine camping expedition.