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.

Firstly we walk through the amazing remnant of ancient Podocarp and Silver Beech forest in Makarora called the Makarora Bush Walk, to see beautiful old mataī, miro, kahikatea and rimu trees. Another feature of this walk is a pitsaw display, illustrating this pioneering timber milling technique. We then move on to walk to the Cameron Lookout, with views over the Makarora Valley and Cameron Creek.

After lunch at Davis Flat, we then follow the Bridle Track on the original and horse-only access to the West Coast. The walk passes through beech forest, and follows the upper reaches of the Makarora River, with stunning river and valley views. The two river crossings we encounter are both bridged. We meet the vehicle at the top end at Haast Pass so there is no need to back track. Clients also have the option to do the Haast Pass Lookout track as well at the end of the Bridle Track, another 1.5km return or 1 hour walk.

Departing the Haast Pass we return to Wanaka with wonderful views of both Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and many photo opportunities along the way.

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