Haast is a small township situated on the western end of the Haast Pass with around 300 people living in the town and surrounding area. It was originally formed as a Ministry of Works road construction camp but the opening of the Haast Pass in 1962 made the region more accessible and people moved there to set up homes and businesses.
A large Department of Conservation Visitor Information Centre located in the town informs the thousands of visitors who pass through of the wide range of activities available in the area. These range from jet boating, helicopter flights, hunting, fishing, glaciers, fantastic bushwalks and other eco tourism activities.
Quality accommodation and catering is available at the hotels and motels as well as the many farms and home stays offering services.
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