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Makarora Blue Pools

star rating of 3.5

by Chris Gaelic

Makarora-Lake Hawea Rd, Otago

rvexplorer id: 18621

Lat-Long: -44.16466, 169.27656

River, Forest

Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Walking Tracks No Vodafone mobile reception

Walk through the forest


The blue pools


The blue pools stream



The Makarora Blue Pools are accessed from large parking area on the side of the Makarora-Lake Hawea road.  A 15 minute walk through the forest takes you to the blue pools, which get their name from the distinctive blue of the light refraction on the clear, snow-fed, icy cold water.


You can also see large rainbow and brown trout swimming in the pools, especially during autumn and winter when they migrate up the Makarora River from Lake Wanaka to spawn.


If you've got plenty time, and the energy, you can continue on for another 6 km to the Young River Mouth - takes about  1.5 to 2 hours.


Bridge over the Blue Pools




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