Once you leave Lake Wānaka behind, State Highway 6 follows the Makarora River. The mountains on either side climb steeply out of the valley and many are capped with snow in winter.
There are plenty of stopping points to access the river, but our favourites are at the Cameron Flat Campsite and Blue Pools carpark, and at Davis Flat. This is also the start of the historic Bridle Track. The views of the river and up the valley are fabulous from both locations. There is also a link track to the Blue Pools track from here.