Thursday, March 4, 2010

Blue Pools--Mt. Aspiring National Park (January 27, 2010)

Through the Haast Pass just north of Makarora this beautiful walk is (like many in New Zealand) a stop-off at the side of the road, a somewhat concealed delight; you walk about 5 to 10 minutes through the forest to reach the Makarora river, which is spanned by two swing bridges (maximum load: ten people!).

At the north-western end of Mount Aspiring National Park, these pools are an example of the surreal blue water that appears throughout the South Island, which is apparently the result of glacial/alpine runoff. The water was certainly cold enough.

In the pool under one of the bridges, we had a stone-skipping contest; it wasn't warm enough that anyone felt like taking a dip, no matter how clean the river looked-!

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