You have to be careful when planning a New Zealand road trip…often times roads are shut for a number of reasons – mainly slips! The Haast Pass has now given me issues THREE times, and I must say I have finally and defiantly learned my lesson. The Haast Pass road opens at 8am and closes at 5pm and if you arrive anytime before or after it looks like you are turning back, however this trip we decided not to turn back and stayed at a little accommodation right at the area of closure.
Makarora is a very small community of 84 people situated right on Highway 6. The Tourism Center offers A frame accommodation, a campground, a bar, and a restaurant. We asked the man behind the counter how often people come to visit, and he said the major slip really put them on the map!
The next morning cars were lined up ready to make the journey across the Haast Pass and into the West Coast of New Zealand.