Things to Do
Situated on the western edge of Mount Aspiring National Park, Haast has been declared the Southwest New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage Area giving international recognition to the outstanding natural values of the area. This place is home to magical scenery with spectacular beaches, rich rainforests and towering mountains, a visit to Haast is a must-do for all.
From jet boating, hunting, fishing to tramping, there are many ways to get out there and explore the beauty and wilderness of Haast. While you are staying with us, we have made a list of the best things to do to ensure you have an unforgettable experience. There are activities and tourist attractions for all ages and budgets.
Tours & Adventure Activities
Learn from our local and highly experienced Jet Boat driver/guides about the physical attributes of this remarkable glacial valley, where temperate rainforest thrives.
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Waiatoto River Safari is New Zealand’s only ocean to alps safari, showcasing some of the country’s most dramatically changing landscape and exceptional pioneering history.
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HeliServices NZ is an experienced helicopter sightseeing company providing you with a diverse range of South Island scenic helicopter flights and private charters in some of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine and coastal scenery.
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Dining & Shopping
The Haast area is comprised of small settlements including the township, Haast Junction, Haast Beach, Okuru. Hannahs Clearing, Neils Beach and Jackson Bay.
Local Services in the Haast township include two general stores, two service stations and a mechanic workshop, two bars/restaurants, a cafe and a gift shop.
Take a rest from exploring and refuel by enjoying the local cuisine. Haast is famous for its seafood. We would recommend sampling whitebait and crayfish or ordering the classic fish and chips.
The Cray Pot
03 750 0035
Hours: Summer 11am - 3:30pm
Frontier Cafe & Bar
03 357 1919
Hours: Daily, 8am - 8pm
Hard Antler Bar & Restaurant
03 750 0034
Hours: Daily, 11am - Late
Haast Food Centre & Cafe
03 750 0030
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am - 6pm
Santana Knitwear, Honey & Gifts
03 750 0791
Hours: Daily, 9:30am-5pm
Crepe & Snow
Please check the Facebook for opening hours
If you’re a keen hunter or fisherman just ask any of the locals for recommendations. If you would like to take it to the next level, book a heli-trip with a group of friends to some of the best spots.
The Roar hunting period runs for approximately four weeks across March and April. Apply for your hunting block at DOC online by the end of September. Apply Online
Whitebait season now runs from 1st September to 30th October. There is plenty of space for everyone, just take your pick from the Haast, Waiatoto, Turnbull, Arawhata or Okuru rivers.
The annual Haast Whitebait Festival held every October is a great day out for the whole family, with a wide range of stalls including food, gifts, crafts, artisan goods, along with family activities for all and our famous whitebait patty cook-off! The festival is followed by an R18 evening event at the Frontier Bar & Restaurant where everyone can enjoy drinks, food, and live entertainment.