Puponga hilltop walk

Farewell Spit & Puponga Farm Park

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Time: 2-3 hr one way

The Puponga Hilltop Walk links many of the tracks described here. The walk begins near Puponga Visitor Centre and wanders along the ridge to the barren lands of Old Man Range. It then descends via Pillar Point Lighthouse to the cliff tops of Cape Farewell and follows these along until it winds down to Wharariki Beach. At half-tide or lower, you can walk along the beach and up to the Puponga Farm Park Track. Otherwise, cross Wharariki farm to the carpark. Allow 2-3 hours from the visitor centre to Wharariki, and another 2-3 hours for the full trip to Green Hill and back to Wharariki carpark. To save a long return walk, ask at the visitor centre if a shuttle bus is available from where you finish.

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14 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Isabelle Rosler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It goes over green grass to the top of mountains. They are not too big so do not worry, you will enjoy it! You have an amazing view over the most northern point of the South Island!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Riccardo

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful view, but not a good track, more track marks would be good.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Clavel

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice beach!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very hard walk. There are many different routes. We took the one from the Visitor Centre to Wharariki Beach. 10km in 6 hours. Extremely uphill but it is worth. Amazing nature and scenery.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alexander

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk on the hills with an incredible view of Farewell Spit, really feel like you are at the end of the world. Can be cold when windy. Good track.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Carl

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We parked the car at Cape Farewell to make it easier with a 9 month old and 3 year old. We had wonderful views of the coastline. 2.5 hour walk. A taxi gives you a ride back for $10 from Farewell Spit cape to the carpark.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Arthur Portolleau

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing one day track, next to Wharariki Beach, where you can admire baby seals playing. The whole thing for free, with a really nice cafe at the start. Sweet as!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Christine Schtenker

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Sheep and cow paddock, very nice view over the Fletchers Beach and the Wharariki Beach campground.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Olivia Aliprandi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A really nice walk with an amazing view over all of the Golden Bay. The archway is awesome, the Farewell Spit Cafe is the best cafe we have been to.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sarah Boettcher

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing, fascinating landscape.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Timon Flick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing New Zealand nature.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Sarah

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Great view from the top of the hill.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Waitson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

An easy 30 min walk to a huge empty beach with easily found fossils. Excellent cafe at car park - Paddlecrab cafe.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

14 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Isabelle Rosler's avatar

Isabelle Rosler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It goes over green grass to the top of mountains. They are not too big so do not worry, you will enjoy it! You have an amazing view over the most northern point of the South Island!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Riccardo

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful view, but not a good track, more track marks would be good.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Clavel

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice beach!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very hard walk. There are many different routes. We took the one from the Visitor Centre to Wharariki Beach. 10km in 6 hours. Extremely uphill but it is worth. Amazing nature and scenery.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alexander

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk on the hills with an incredible view of Farewell Spit, really feel like you are at the end of the world. Can be cold when windy. Good track.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Carl

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We parked the car at Cape Farewell to make it easier with a 9 month old and 3 year old. We had wonderful views of the coastline. 2.5 hour walk. A taxi gives you a ride back for $10 from Farewell Spit cape to the carpark.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Arthur Portolleau

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing one day track, next to Wharariki Beach, where you can admire baby seals playing. The whole thing for free, with a really nice cafe at the start. Sweet as!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Christine Schtenker's avatar

Christine Schtenker

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Sheep and cow paddock, very nice view over the Fletchers Beach and the Wharariki Beach campground.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Olivia Aliprandi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A really nice walk with an amazing view over all of the Golden Bay. The archway is awesome, the Farewell Spit Cafe is the best cafe we have been to.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Sarah Boettcher's avatar

Sarah Boettcher

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing, fascinating landscape.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Timon Flick's avatar

Timon Flick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing New Zealand nature.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Sarah

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Great view from the top of the hill.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Waitson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

An easy 30 min walk to a huge empty beach with easily found fossils. Excellent cafe at car park - Paddlecrab cafe.

Reviewed over 7 years ago