Welcome to Jackson Bay & Around

Farms here stand testament to some of the hardiest souls who ever attempted settlement in New Zealand. Migrants arrived in 1875 under a doomed settlement scheme, their farming and timber-milling aspirations shattered by never-ending rain and the lack of a wharf, not built until 1938. Until the 1950s, the only way to reach Haast overland was via bush tracks from Hokitika and Wanaka. Supplies came by an infrequent coastal shipping service.

Unless you're in the market for whitebait, present-day Jackson Bay has few attractions other than a couple of lovely and lonely walking trails.

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