Blue Pools Swing Bridge

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


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 our best short walks.



Fitness required: Suitable for most fitness levels.
Gradient: Flat 

Track overview

3 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


An easy short walk through mature beech and podocarp forest leads to these natural wonders of pure glacial water gathered from the mountains. Travel through open flats for spectacular mountain views and enjoy the coolness of the beech forest to a swing bridge over the 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.

There's a limit to the number people allowed on the swing bridges at any one time – be prepared to wait at each end if numbers allowed have been reached. 

Return on the same track.

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

Getting there

From Wanaka, drive north on the Haast Highway (SH6) to Makarora township. Continue along the highway for about 12 km. The track starts from the Blue Pools carpark off SH6, opposite Cameron Flat campsite.

Nature and conservation

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

Know before you go

What to expect

Change in elevation: +/- 30 m

The nearest toilet facilities are at the Blue Pools car park.

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.

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   0272696871
Fax:   03 4437660
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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