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Mount Haast
Mt. Haast, Rahu, West Coast, New Zealand, 1976 - Flickr - PhillipC.jpg
Mount Haast
Highest point
Elevation 1,587 m (5,207 ft)
Etymology Julius von Haast
Location Buller District, New Zealand

Mount Haast (1,587 metres or 5,207 feet) is a hill located near Springs Junction, in the Buller District of New Zealand. The hill is prominent when approaching Springs Junction from the south-east on State Highway 7, where the pyramidal shape gives the (wrong) impression of a volcanic cone. The hill was named after the German-born geologist Julius von Haast by James Mackay (1831–1912).


Mt Haast 1930s
Mount Haast (left of centre) in the 1930s

Mount Haast is located near Rahu Saddle on State Highway 7, between Springs Junction and Reefton. It is accessible via a walking track that starts just off State Highway 7. It is a moderate six-hour return trip from the car park (challenging during winter).

Mount Haast was named by James Mackay. Mackay named two peaks after Haast; the other Mount Haast is a mountain (3,114 metres or 10,217 feet) just off the Main Divide in Westland District.

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