Pillar Point Lighthouse Track

Pillar Point Lighthouse Track - Farewell Spit & Puponga Farm Park

Pillar Point Lighthouse Track

Farewell Spit & Puponga Farm Park



14 Rankers Reviews

12 Face-to-Face

211 Walking

15 Golden Bay

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Pillar point lighthouse looking out to farewell spit
Pillar point on the left and Cape Farewell on the right.


3 km return | 1 hour 30 minutes return

Lighthouses were generally placed in places where ships could see them. That means for the walker, lighthouses are a great place to go for a view. Pillar Point Lighthouse is no exception.


From Puponga, turn into Wharariki Road and continue 4.5 km to the small parking area near a sign at the start of the track.


The rough old 4WD track heads up through scrub to the lighthouse. This joins with the Hilltop Walk - north towards Farewell Spit and south to Wharariki.


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 cylindrical steel tower was built in 1930 and is nicknamed ‘Blinking Billy’.

A radar station was also built during World War 2.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionGolden Bay


  • Walking
  • Free



Kristina Breitwieser's avatar

Kristina Breitwieser


Ranking: 7/10

New Zealand's northern most point. Nice, short walk to the lighthouse. On a sunny day an awesome view of the rough north coast. Lots of signs with interesting local history.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Felten Feldt


Ranking: 10/10

This walk is even better then the Abel Tasman and the beach is awesome.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Quentin Neulens


Ranking: 7/10

Nice little walk. Very windy, put on trousers!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Julia Waenninger

Ranking: 10/10

Go for a walk on the two coasts! Great to relax but be aware of sandstorms!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Amy Neubler


Ranking: 10/10

We walked to the lighthouse, very nice.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Candice Bergon


Ranking: 10/10

Great beach on left after Spit

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Philip Schumann


Ranking: 10/10

Stunning headland walk with sheer cliffs, seals, water caves, views, views, views. Go three minutes past lighthouse for total view of Farewell Spit. Take the road back or hitchhike 2-3 hours.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Janet Evins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Splendid 1.5 hour walk from cafe car park to Pillar Point Lighthouse. Easy ridge walk, views gorgeous with interesting flora.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Thomas Deguidt


Ranking: 8/10

Great views of the ocean and Farewell Spit. 1 hour 30 minutes return.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Adrien Godeloup


Ranking: 10/10

Walk took 2 hours return, great scenery-Tasman sea and farewell spit.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Antoine Lacoste


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk, amazing landscape.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Ranking: 9/10

Great walk on cliffs, 2hr one way.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

A beautiful walk through a range with beautiful rock formations.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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