A small township at the yawning mouth of the Haast River, Haast acts as a springboard to forests, sand dunes, craggy coast and tree-knotted lakes. Only in 1965 was Haast linked to the rest of the West Coast Hwy and the untouched feel endures. It's a handy stop for filling the tank and tummy if you're travelling between Otago and the West Coast glaciers, but we'd recommend sticking around at least long enough for a river cruise and one blazing sunset.

If you’re heading north, check your fuel gauge as Haast petrol station is the last one before Fox Glacier.