Fantail Falls on the Haast River

Driving to Queenstown from Franz Joseph is wonderful 5 hour drive down the west coast and through Mount Aspiring National Park. Approximately half way to Queenstown, an hour away from Wanaka, is Fantail Falls. This 23 metre waterfall is well worth seeing as it drops into the crystal clear water of the Haast River. To capture the river in the foreground I got the camera as close to the water as possible. Typically I would have zoomed into the waterfall itself but in the photograph I wanted to show the river and nature that surrounds the falls. This waterfall is only a few minutes walk from the carpark just off State Highway 6. Whilst the waterfall is on the opposite side of the river you don’t need to cross the water to get this great view. There were a couple of people swimming in the river. Nearby was a fallen tree on the river bank covered with small piles of stones which people had placed there.

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