Puponga hilltop walk

Puponga hilltop walk

Farewell Spit & Puponga Farm Park


17 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

3 Golden Bay

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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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DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionGolden Bay


  • Walking
  • Free


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Geertje and Rein's avatar

Geertje and Rein

Ranking: 10/10

First brought by shuttle from the Wharariki Beach Holiday campsite to the Farewell Spit café. Hence a beautiful daywalk along the varied coast. The last part is for experienced hikers. One of our top walks on the South Island.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2019

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Isabelle Rosler


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 almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

Clavel's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Nice beach!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Tom Teuber


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 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Alexander's avatar



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 almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Carl's avatar



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 almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Arthur Portolleau


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 almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Christine Schtenker


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Olivia Aliprandi


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 almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sarah Boettcher


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing, fascinating landscape.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Timon Flick


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing New Zealand nature.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

Sarah's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Great view from the top of the hill.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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