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This 1 hour return walk is near Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park.

Wharariki beach walk is located right at the far end of Golden Bay. The drive is well rewarded as this beach would be one of the best in New Zealand. Although only a 1 hour return walk, give yourself lots of time to explore the countless caves and coves at Wharariki Beach.

Between March and May, seal pups are often swimming in the sea pools at the southern end. Treat these magical creatures with respect and enjoy!

Wharariki Beach and Puponga Farm Park in behind.

Wharariki Beach and Puponga Farm Park in behind.

Horse trekkers on the beach

Horse trekkers on the beach

Looking down the beach

Looking down the beach

Judith Bishop

On the beach, so much to explore

On the beach, so much to explore

Judith Bishop

Walking track to get there

Walking track to get there

Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop

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Magdalena

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It was beautiful and you could stay and watch the sun go down, but the wind was so strong it blew sand in your face and it stings quite a bit so wear long clothes.

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Kirsty Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome place! We were lucky to time our visit around a beautiful sunset. It is definitely advisable to go here at low tide so you can fully explore the beach and all the awesome rock formations. We missed a bit as the tide was coming in. But it was still a full 10 point visit!

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Janina

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

What a beautiful beach you get to after a short walk, so many hidden caves and many seals around. Very windy indeed - which creates wonderful sand turbulences close to the ground.

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Evelyn Rloeh

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice rocks but with sunny weather I can imagine it is even more beautiful.

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Lene Nilsson

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely walk from the carpark through a field with sheep and cows through a forest and down to the beach with seals, very worth it to go there.

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Louis Nilsson

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Fascinating walk to the beach through farmland, along the river and at the rough beach.

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Sean

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Intense!

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Kayla

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous and other worldly!

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Anika Danits

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

From the carpark it is an easy way. The beach is pretty nice and when it is low tide you can see the rocks with holes inside. And when you arrive to the night time you can see the baby seals in the 'pools'.

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Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful beach with nice sand dunes, rocks in the ocean and cute baby seals. It is a must see in the South Island.

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Ben Keiser

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

One of the most amazing beaches I have seen in my life.

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Huon

France

Ranking: 8/10

It is one of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand but a lot of wind!

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Cecile Santiaux

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

This was so perfect. I have never seen so many different views in the same place. Very gorgeous. And at the beach it was so cute to see the baby seals.

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