Gates of Haast


Gates of Haast

Officially a series of rapids on the Haast River, Gates of Haast Falls is located in Mt Aspiring National Park, along HAAST Highway. It is a roadside waterfall which is seen from a car when crossing the river.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 2' 23.5638" E 169° 22' 49.227"
Parking: Haast Pass-Makarora Rd
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 5min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 4m Type of the waterfall: Cataract



Walking and driving instructions


Gates of Haast Falls is roughly a 1-1.5 hours' drive away from Wanaka. The road surface is always sealed.

If you drive from Wanaka, take SH-6 (Haast Highway) and stay on it for 91km. There is a car park on Haast HW, right after the Gates of Haast bridge when driving towards Wanaka.

No track. The waterfall is seen from the bridge.

Officially it's not a waterfall; it's a series of rapids.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Haast is one of the must-see places in New Zealand. Haast, the perfect destination to explore some of New Zealand's most unique scenery and wildlife situated amidst the spectacular & rugged scenery of the South West New Zealand World Heritage area, between ancient rainforests of Te Wahipounamu, glaciers, and the Tasman sea.


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