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.
The cylindrical steel tower was built in 1930 and is nicknamed ‘Blinking Billy’.
A radar station was also built during World War 2.
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Golden Bay
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.
This walk is even better then the Abel Tasman and the beach is awesome.
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Nice little walk. Very windy, put on trousers!
Go for a walk on the two coasts! Great to relax but be aware of sandstorms!
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We walked to the lighthouse, very nice.
Great beach on left after Spit
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.
Splendid 1.5 hour walk from cafe car park to Pillar Point Lighthouse. Easy ridge walk, views gorgeous with interesting flora.
Great views of the ocean and Farewell Spit. 1 hour 30 minutes return.
Walk took 2 hours return, great scenery-Tasman sea and farewell spit.
Beautiful walk, amazing landscape.
Great walk on cliffs, 2hr one way.
A beautiful walk through a range with beautiful rock formations.
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