Pillar Point Lighthouse Track

Farewell Spit & Puponga Farm Park

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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.

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Access

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.

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.

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

A radar station was also built during World War 2.

13 reviews with the most recent first

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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Kristina Breitwieser

Germany

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 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Felten Feldt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Quentin Neulens

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little walk. Very windy, put on trousers!

Reviewed over 2 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 2 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Amy Neubler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We walked to the lighthouse, very nice.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Candice Bergon

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great beach on left after Spit

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Philip Schumann

Germany

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 about 4 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 over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Thomas Deguidt

France

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Adrien Godeloup

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Antoine Lacoste

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk, amazing landscape.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Helen

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk on cliffs, 2hr one way.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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uleugel

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

A beautiful walk through a range with beautiful rock formations.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

13 reviews with the most recent first

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 😍

Kristina Breitwieser's avatar

Kristina Breitwieser

Germany

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 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Felten Feldt's avatar

Felten Feldt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 93 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Quentin Neulens's avatar

Quentin Neulens

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little walk. Very windy, put on trousers!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Julia Waenninger's avatar

Julia Waenninger

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Amy Neubler's avatar

Amy Neubler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We walked to the lighthouse, very nice.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Candice Bergon's avatar

Candice Bergon

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great beach on left after Spit

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014

Philip Schumann's avatar

Philip Schumann

Germany

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 about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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…

Janet Evins's avatar

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 over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Thomas Deguidt's avatar

Thomas Deguidt

France

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Adrien Godeloup's avatar

Adrien Godeloup

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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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.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Antoine Lacoste's avatar

Antoine Lacoste

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk, amazing landscape.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

Helen's avatar

Helen

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk on cliffs, 2hr one way.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

uleugel's avatar

uleugel

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

A beautiful walk through a range with beautiful rock formations.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago