ASURE Aspiring Court Motel - Haast

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.

More detailed information on walks and activities in the area can be obtained at the Haast Visitor's Centre on Highway 6. We are happy to assist with arranging bookings, contact us for more information.

Waiatoto River Safari

Explore the rivers and rainforests of New Zealand’s beautiful South Westland region on this 2.25 - 2.5-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. Watch the skies for native white heron and fantails, and look out for flounder, whitebait and trout in the clear waters. This tour is ideal for all ages including families.


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!

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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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