Bridle Track Walk, Haast Pass Lookout & Makarora Nature Walk - Eco Wanaka Adventures

Bridle Track Walk, Haast Pass Lookout & Makarora Nature Walk

This combination of walks is definitely a highlight of the Haast Pass – in World Heritage Mt. Aspiring National Park.

From Davis Flat we follow the bridle track on the original and horse only access that once was all that served the West Coast people and their livestock. The walk passes through Silver Beech rainforest, and follows the upper reaches of the Makarora River; the two river crossings are bridged. We meet the vehicle at the top end of the Haast Pass, the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, so there is no need to back track. Bridle Track: 1 hr 30 min one way (3.5 km)

At the Haast Pass we then proceed to Haast Pass/Tioripatea viewpoint- 1 hr return (3.5 km) This track leads to a view point above the bushline with a stunning vistas of the Haast Pass.

We then have lunch at Cameron Flat, with commanding views over the Makarora River to the glaciated panorama of the Southern Alps.

The next walk is down the graveled path of the Makarora Nature Walk, Nature walk: 15 min (1 km). Starting from the car park, just north of DOC’s Makarora Base, this looped nature walk passes through podocarp and silver beech forest with good specimens of mataī, miro, kahikatea and rimu. Another feature is a pit-saw display that illustrates this pioneering timber-milling technique.

The native Mohua
The native Mohua
Scenic Lunch Spot
Scenic Lunch Spot
Trip Information
  • Seasonality: November-April
  • Trips depart at 9.00am, Return 4.00 to 5.00pm
  • Courtesy accommodation pick up and drop off from Wanaka accommodation
  • Refreshments and gourmet sandwich lunch provided
  • Requirements: moderate fitness level
  • Equipment: Good strong well-treaded walking shoes or boots, layers of clothing, waterproof jacket, day pack & water bottle. We can supply walking poles.
  • Adult $350, child $235 (8-14 years)
  • Minimum 2 adults
  • Lunch is included in the price
  • Prices are valid: 1 October 2023 – 30 September 2024
The Bridle Trail forest
Swing bridge on the Bridle Trail