Haast to Hawea
Driving time: 1hr 40min
Road: There’s a good reason this road wasn’t opened until 1965. It winds and it climbs then it winds and it drops. The views on this drive are absolutely glorious, though, so factor in plenty of time for stopping, staring and strolling.
Highlights: Falls, falls and more falls — Roaring Billy, Fantail, Thunder Creek — take your pick; wandering and wallowing at the blue pools; blasting along the river with Wilkin River jets; having a chilly dip in Lake Hawea.