Blue Pools Track
Blue Pools Track
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Yvonne
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
The colours of the water were amazing. It was not too long a walk to get there. Rocky at parts and if you want to get into the water or to the water’s edge, so wear good shoes.
Written 25 March 2024
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evets1232016
Sydney, Australia420 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
After reading much about the Blue Pools, we pulled into the car park, with scores of other tourists, to read signage about "a bridge has reached the end of its operational life". So just drive past, the Blue Pools are not accessible as the footbridge across the river to them is closed. Signage should make that clear before people drive into the car park.
Written 21 February 2024
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Grant D
Mangonui, New Zealand38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Bloody disgusting that the swing bridge has been boarded up to prevent use so the multitudes of visitors wanting to see these amazing pools cannot cross.
There must be a better way of dealing with too many people on the bridge at once without closing the bridge and therefore the track to the pools to everyone
Written 10 February 2024
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Jurgen
Tilburg, The Netherlands6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It’s closed. The bridge isn’t safe anymore, so they closed the bridge. You can still do the trail, have nice view of the river if you climb down at the bridge. But would be best if they marked it being closed on the road sign
Written 29 November 2023
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Honey-UK0123
Manchester, UK12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Don’t know how this is traveller’s choice when the bridges are closed due to reaching end of their life. Website/google and the signs there clearly tell you the bridge to the pools is shut so you cannot walk to them.

You can still do a forest walk to the shut bridge and around the area or to the river. If you want to get to the pools try paying for a speedboat - we saw some on the river although don’t know where they’d come from.
Written 19 November 2023
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The Winded Traveller
64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Bridge is out and the trails along the river don’t allow you to see the pools. So avoid. Signage is not overly clear.
Written 14 November 2023
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Joyman L
Perth, Australia1,731 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Visited in May 2023

Free entry and located outside of Wanaka (1hr drive one way), the Blue Pools have a decent amount of parking as well as ones that are big enough for campervans.

The track is approximately 20min (one way) and is an easy walk that is suitable for all ages. Majority of the trail is along the roaring Makarora River past some very jungle-y ferns scenery until the confluence of the Blue River where the sight of the blue pools are. There is a suspension bridge that crosses this confluence which allows visitors to admire this turquoise beauty over the top of it.

At the Blue pools before the suspension bridge, there is a track that goes down to the river bed which during low water level, you could walk on the exposed river bed of rocks.

Beautiful stop for a short hike and free entry makes this a good stopover even if it is just to see the clear turquoise blue waters. Suitable for all ages.
Written 3 October 2023
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Paul D
London, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
About a 30 minute drive there and back from Hokitika but well worth the effort.
There is a circular route crossing two suspension bridges which takes about an hour, but there are some stunning views along the way.
The suspension bridges do sway when you step on them and the more people the greater the movement. It can make taking photographs a little difficult.
It was relatively quiet when we visited so we waited for the bridges to empty before we went across. There are great views up and down the gorge from the centre of the bridges.
Written 21 August 2023
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nikaus21
Newcastle, Australia151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This track is worth the walk, allow about 30 mins each way. The water is azure blue, just gorgeous!! Remember to pack wet weather gear, as it can turn rainy v quick. Recommend wearing good grip shoes
Written 14 May 2023
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Patrick and Kira Bromley
Brisbane, Australia123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
1.5 km walk into the best part of blue pools. So Crystal Clear and blue. Two cable bridges that cross the blue pools area. One crossing - the first crossing - we could see lots of trout laying in the deep parts. Great for photos up the river at the second crossing. Absolutely amazing rock walls and blue water.
We swam there. Was super refreshing. Very cold, so your not in there for long but you come out feeling amazing afterwards.
Written 20 April 2023
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