Continued driving inland along SH6 we took several breaks and had Funs at Thunder Falls and Fantail Falls.
Thunder Creek Falls is located in Mt Aspiring National Park, along HAAST Highway. It has a relatively big car park. There is no toilets etc. there. This is a nice waterfall spilling across an uncrossable river. You can only see it from across the river. Walking down to the riverside you can make pictures from another angle.
Driving a few minutes further is the Fantail Falls. This is a beautiful and easily accessible waterfall. It crashes down a forested hill into a small pool. There was less water in the river. This part of river was nearly dried out. We could see the riverbed. There were many small rock towers made from stones on the riverbed. We made a similar rock tower and placed it among those creatives.
To view the Falls closely we had to cross a small steam to the other side of the river. The stream was neither wide nor deep. The stones in the water were very slippery. We had to take out our sandals. The naked riverbed was too hot for barefoot but the water in the stream was ice cold. On the other side of the river were full of small sharp stones. Meanwhile we didn’t want to leave our belonging unattended, so we had to carry our sandals, camera and bags to cross the stream.
Both places are must see if you drive Haast Pass. The SH6 is next to the Haast River. To access both sites is very easy, only a few minutes from the car park next to the highway. These are the ideal sites to visit if you are on the road between Wanaka and west coast. I would not say there are so wonderful but the surroundings, the Hasst River and the forest making the scenes up.