Cape Farewell Walk

Cape Farewell Walk

Farewell Spit & Puponga Farm Park

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45 Rankers Reviews

44 Face-to-Face

19 Golden Bay

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Marios Gavalas

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Shear coastal cliffs - Cape Farewell

Information

400 m return | 10 minutes return

Quite the viewpoint. Especially as it’s only a short walk from your vehicle.

Access

4.5 km from Puponga, turn right before the cattle-stop, drive through the farm gate (open it first) past a woolshed to the car park at the end.

Track

The 4WD track leads through paddocks to the lookout at the top.

Stay away from the cliff edge. Please leave the farm gates as you find them.

Stay away from seals and be careful along the ridge tops if it's windy.

Mountain biking is allowed along some of these tracks.

Geology

This is a late Cretaceous sandstone coast, where you can see the wind in the cliffs. Etchings of wind-fuelled fury are scratched into the soft rock.

European History

The name came from Captain Cook, who left New Zealand shores here in 1770.

Details

Feature Value Info

Location

South IslandNelson RegionGolden Bay

Categories

  • Walking
  • Free

Reviews

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Ondres S

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Really strong wind, actually increased the atmosphere.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Tereza Bulova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome atmosphere, very windy but great.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Bernd Giermann

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic dunes, great landscape.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Jacques Scohy

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk along a huge, wild beach.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Sammy Kerrod

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

We visited on an incredibly stormy day - however it was EXHILARATING! Short, easy walk to the lookout and beyond, but watch out for sheep poo!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Christine

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

There is a nice walk to the beach, where you can see the dunes. It is not too far and very easy.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Leonie Brabers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely views over the beaches and the mountains and across the sea.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Franco Panizza

Italy

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome nature reserve.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Sean

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Got to see a seal lazily swimming in the cove by the cape.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anika Danits

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome track! The view and the cliffs are amazing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Katharina Miehling

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

There is the beautiful beach I have ever seen before and there are seal pups and they are soooo sweet. My favourite place yet.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Leopold Kern

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The walkway leads you to huge sand dunes that make you feel like you are walking through a desert!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nele Foerske

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Simply WOW! After walking along the beach we reached the sand dunes located in the middle of the Cape. Amazing! We just felt like we were placed in a desert. Only difference: we had the sea next to us.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nick Morrison

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