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BUG New Zealand travel guidebook

Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > West Coast > Haast


This remote area at the southern end of the West Coast has some good hiking trails and offers the chance to see various bird species, including the rare Fiordland crested penguin. It sits beside Mount Aspiring National Park, where the major attractions are outdoors: jetboating, fishing, bushwalks and the popular Haast River Safaris. There is no real centre to Haast; rather, it is split between three areas. Most of the accommodation is located in Haast Township on State Highway 6, while the Tourist Information Centre is in Haast Junction. Haast Beach is at the end of Jackson Bay Road.

Practical information

Department of Conservation Visitor Centre

Corner State Highway 6 & Jackson Bay Road, Haast Junction
Tel (03) 750 0809
Website www.doc.govt.nz
Open Jan-Apr 9am-6.30pm daily; May-Oct 9am-4.30pm daily; Nov-Dec 9am-6.30pm daily

Coming & going

Buses running between Wanaka and the West Coast stop in Haast. InterCity Coachlines (tel (03) 365 1113) stops opposite Wilderness Backpackers and Nakedbus.com stops outside the Fantail Café on Marks Road.

Hostel accommodation

Haast Lodge

Marks Road, Haast
Tel (03) 750 0703

Wilderness Backpackers

Marks Road, Haast
Tel (03) 750 0029


Jet boating

Haast River Safari (tel (03) 750 0101 or 0800 865 382) operates jet boat rides on the Haast River. The trip departs from Haast Bridge and takes in the Haast River Valley. The 90-minute trip costs $120.

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