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Experience the stunning NZ Blue Pools walk

Nestled among mature beech and podocarp forest, these pools of deep, clear water flowing into the Makarora River offer a moment of tranquillity. This is one of our best short walks.

An easy short walk through mature beech and podocarp forest leads to these natural wonders of pure glacial water gathered from the mountains. Walk through beech forest to a swing bridge over Makarora River.

Continue on a boardwalk to the second swing bridge, which is the viewing platform over the Blue Pools. Cross this bridge for great views up the river gorge.

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One of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural wonders

The Wonderland Makarora Lodge team is proud to host the launching pad for such a pristine natural wonder. One of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring sights, these pools of crystal blue water are a joy to the senses.

Being one of the region’s top short walks, it is perfect for hikers of all ages and abilities, with an unforgettable reward awaiting you at the end of your journey. Give your mind and body a much needed rest from the modern world’s sounds and flashes, and escape to some of NZ’s most unspoiled natural wonder.

Relax & unwind at the Wonderland Makarora Lodge

After a day’s hiking and enjoyment of the stunning Blue Pools walk, put your feet up and experience what makes the Wonderland Makarora Lodge the South Island’s best kept accommodation secret. We offer three luxury accommodation options, including cabins, studio chalets and two room chalets.

Each option contains features that make it perfect for couples and groups, and are completed with lavish, ultra-comfortable bedding and furnishings. They are truly the cosiest place to unwind after an incredible day’s exploring.

Dine at Wonderland Makarora Lodge

Wonderland Makarora Lodge offers guests a delectable dining experience through our restaurant and bar. Sourcing most of our ingredients from local producers, our menu is complete with classic favourites and indulgent delights. 

We have specially designed our menu to invigorate our guests pre-adventure and provide nourishment after a day’s exploring, with beautifully-selected, fresh produce being the cornerstone of our menu.

To find out more about the Blue Pools experience or our accommodation options, simply message the Wonderland Makarora Lodge through our contact page.

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