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Blue Pools Nature Experience – Flight, Walk &  Jet Boat

Blue Pools Nature Experience – Flight, Walk & Jet Boat

Scenic Flight of Discovery… Pure Wilderness

30 minute scenic flight encompassing views of glaciers, Mt Aspiring, waterfalls, river valleys, Mt Awful, Mt Dreadful Mt Castor and Mt Pollux – all over 7000 feet and up to 10,000 feet. Jumboland, Wonderland, Wilkin Valley and many more highlights including the remote Siberia Valley – the circular flight path returns you to Makarora to continue on your adventure. Window seats for all

Walk – Clean Air, Clear Water… Pure Nature

From here relax and enjoy the views on the short drive by courtesy transport to the beginning of the 2.5 hour walk. The walk is on a well formed track through native beech forest which leads you to cross the first of 4 swing bridges and the clear and pure waters of the ‘Blue Pools’ – pristine, beautiful pools in the Blue River to linger at and enjoy while spotting fish. The Blue Pools are world renowned and voted by visitors to NZ as a “must do”. From here the track winds through native forest amongst the mountains of the Southern Alps near the banks of the Makarora River. Interesting and picturesque this is a very ancient setting only recently made easily accessible by the Department of Conservation forming a track through to link with the Young Valley track. Birdlife, nature and natural quiet are the most noticeable of experiences encountered during your relaxing walk on relatively flat terrain in this special part of the Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park.

Jet boat – Uniquely Scenic… Pure Fun

The track leads you to the meeting point at the mouth of the Young River where the jet boat will be waiting to whisk you off on a 1 hour scenic and spectacular journey through the Makarora Valley on the glacially fed waters of the clear, blue Makarora River. Feel the wind in your hair during your jet boat safari and be intrigued by the changing landscape as you journey to the mouth of the Makarora River and to the head waters of Lake Wanaka before returning to Makarora Village where your adventure began.

Experience a true New Zealand wilderness adventure. Fly, Walk, and Jet boat through New Zealand’s most spectacular Alpine environment on an adventure like no other.



  • Amongst Alpine valleys
  • Over beautiful mountain lakes and waterfalls
  • Past spectacular glaciers and snowcapped mountains.


  • Across open tussock flats
  • Amongst vibrant native rainforest
  • Surrounded by incredible mountain vistas

Jet Boat

  • Crystal clear glacial mountain river
  • The ultimate in shallow river jetboating
  • Amongst native bush, pristine river valleys and ice capped mountains.

What to bring

  • Camera,
  • Wind proof jacket,
  • Suitable hiking footwear,
  • Snacks
  • Depart from Makarora, state highway 6, 45mins north of Wanaka, 1hr 30 mins south of Haast.

Blue Pools Nature Experience – Flight, Walk & Jet Boat

Valid to 30 Sept 2021
Prices are per person & includes GST
Child Age is 5-15yrs
Infants 0-4yrs Travel Free (1 infant per adult)
Window Seats & Glacier Views on All Flights
Minimum numbers apply
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Blue Pools Nature Experience – Flight, Walk &  Jet Boat