The Haast area is a photographer's paradise with some of the best light you will find in New Zealand. For the landscape photographer there are deserted beaches strewn with driftwood, pounding surf, stunning sunrises and sunsets and seven pristine river valleys to chose from — all with a magnificent backdrop of ancient rainforest and rugged mountains. A walk in the forest or our wetlands will provide the nature photographer with everything they dream of, native birds, fungi, native orchids and wonderful flora and fauna.
Neroli is a keen photographer and her website www.nerolinolan.com will show you some of the photography opportunities just minutes from Collyer House.
Guided photography excursions are available by prior arrangement.
Explore the back country with award-winning Haast River Safaris www.haastriver.co.nz and learn about the history of this wonderful area from experienced local guides. This eco tour is not for those seeking an adrenaline rush.
Enjoy a journey from the Tasman Sea to the mountains with Waiatoto River Safaris www.riversafaris.co.nz
Experience the peace and solitude of our rain forest with our good variety of walking tracks. Walks are from 20 minutes to four hours in duration.
Take time out for recreational fishing. Ocean charters are available from www.wannagonz.com and trout fishing with experienced local guides is available by arrangement.
Haast is the perfect place to spend a few days exploring South Westland and is within easy driving distance of Wanaka and Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier.
Jackson Bay is the end of the road on the West Coast of the South Island and is steeped in history. It is the home of the Fiordland Crested penguin and Hectors dolphins. If you want the best fish 'n' chips in New Zealand then visit the Cray Pot at Jackson Bay.
The rain forest and wetland areas near Collyer House and home to numerous birds including native wood pidgeons, tui, bell birds, white heron, tomtit, fantail, white heron, pukeko and many more.