Activities and Attractions Around Haast

Haast is famous for its dramatic landscapes. Situated alongside Mount Aspiring National Park, in the heart of a world heritage area, UNESCO has compared it to the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef as a significant natural treasure.

From Haast to Jackson Bay there are spectacular beaches, dunes, lakes and wetlands, all with the soaring backdrop of the Southern Alps making it an outdoor enthusiast's playground. People come here not only for the scenery but also for hunting and tramping. There are many good short and longer walks and activities include unique Jet Boat tours and helicopter flights.

There is an abundance of wildlife including native birds, fur seals, Hectors Dolphins and Fiordland Crested Penguins. This is real whitebaiting country and fishing is outstanding from Jackson Bay.

The region of Haast includes Bruce Bay, Lake Paringa, Lake Moeraki, Haast, Jackson Bay, Haast Pass to Makarora.

Haast River Safari

Award winning Haast River Safari offers a jet-boat experience with a difference. Our innovative safari-craft are fully enclosed, and have front loading access allowing passengers of all ages a unique river experience while remaining warm and dry. This is a scenic and educational river cruise, with a highly experienced local guide through the Haast River Valley into the heart of Te Wahipounamu, the South West World Heritage Area.


Waiatoto River Safari

Explore the rivers and rainforests of New Zealand’s beautiful South Westland region on this 2-hour Waitato River safari from Haast. Hop aboard your boat and cruise up the mighty Waitato River with your guide. Admire attractive flora and fauna thriving on the riverbanks and learn of the rainforest’s varied animal and bird life. Take an optional hike into the rainforest, and enjoy thrilling spins and turns over the waves. Watch the skies for native white heron and fantails, and look out for flounder, whitebait and trout in the clear waters.

Waiatoto River Safari

Greenstone Helicopters

Fly through unspoiled, natural landscape of dramatic rugged coastlines, sweeping curved beaches, deep fiords, high alpine snowfields, mountains and spectacular glaciers. Greenstone Helicopters also specialises in commercial operations and caters for hunting, fishing and tramping charters to many remote parts of South Westland. Fly with friendly, knowledgeable local pilots that have passion, understanding and a relationship with the area’s that they explore.

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Haast Heli

Haast HeliServices has been operating in New Zealand for many years under James Scott who has extensive local knowledge. Haast HeliServices prides itself in a professional service utilising local pilots who can put you in the right spot every time, for fishing trips, hunting trips, river rafting, kayaking trips, wildernesses experience trips, tramping, and glacier ice field flights!


Haast Walks

The best way to experience the West Coast of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is to simply get out there amongst it. There are so many hikes and trails to choose from that time is your only limiting factor. From full on multi-day tramps to a ten-minute amble to a picturesque spot, you will find a West Coast walk to suit your ability and time frame.

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Kōkako Walk/Cycleway

Kōkako Walk/Cycleway from Haast township threading through bush out onto the stunning Haast Beach

The track is 5.5km each way, it is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly, great for either walking or running.  It leaves from Haast Township threading through the bush and comes out at Haast Beach and really is stunning whatever the weather. 

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