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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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109 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 9.

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Heather Flanders

Ranking: 8/10

Beware, last section of the road is gravel and narrow with soft edges. Saw a motorhome on its side after moving too far across to let others pass. Delightful walk up a steep hillside initially then through soft sand to hard sand beach. Playful young seals in rock pools and many interesting rock arches, caves and rock formations. Difficult to spot walking track on return from the beach. Clean long drop toilet but not water or hand sanitizer.

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Nicole Kasischke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Did not expect to see such a breathtaking beach here in New Zealand.. Huge sand dunes, caves and nature. Also enjoyed the walk from the car park as you are crossing grass areas with sheep on it. Nice 20 minute walk one way.

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Mike Dw

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome beach in the north of the South Island. Come here when the tide is low and the sun is going down. 20 minute walk from the carpark.

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Tereza Bulova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Huge, beautiful beach with sea lions and their babies.

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Bernd Giermann

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice dunes, seals, short walk from the carpark.

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Sebastian and Johanna

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

Take the long way around to get to a beautiful place. With nice rock formations on the beach. Do not miss the main beach either. Just be kind to the seals.

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Melanie and Pascal

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice cliffs and wild beach. Very beautiful.

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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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