Haast is an area in the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. It is located under two hour's drive from Fox Glacier.
The Haast area includes three settlements: Haast Junction, Haast Beach and Haast itself. The surrounding World Heritage Area is the main attraction in Haast, as Westland rainforest tumbles across the unspoilt landscape and flourishes with native bird life.There are so many activities in Haast including river safaris, visits to fur seal and penguin colonies, sea fishing, trout fishing, hunting, tramping, nature walks, jet boat safaris, helicopter adventures and glacier flights.
Visitors can also choose from a variety of accommodation, to suit a range of budgets and requirements, from Hotels, Motels, B&B's to Boutique Lodgings and camping facilities.
Haast has a supermarket, gift shops, locally made crafts and jewellery, petrol stations, restaurants cafe's and bars to keep travellers entertained on their entire trip to the area.
European settlement of the area dates back to the 1870s. It was not until the 1960s that Haast had formed roads connecting it to the rest of New Zealand. Haast was named after German geologist Julius von Haast.
Main Towns in the West Coast Region
Oher Towns in the West Coast Region