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Wharariki Beach Walking Track

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Address: Wharariki Road | Near Farewell Spit/Cape Farewell, New Zealand

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Stunning beach

After a short 20 minute walk through farmland (and following a long, windy and bumpy drive from kaiteriteri), you come out onto one of the most amazing beaches you'll find... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2016
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80 reviews
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Reviewed 16 April 2016

After a short 20 minute walk through farmland (and following a long, windy and bumpy drive from kaiteriteri), you come out onto one of the most amazing beaches you'll find anywhere in the world. Majestic rock formations rise from the water and at low tide there is a huge expanse of sand. There were baby seals diving and playing in... More 

2 Thank RubyHannah
Auckland, New Zealand
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54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

This is a must do if you are in the Nelson-Tasman area. The walk over farmland is stunning and then you arrive at the most amazing beach, sand dunes and huge rock formations. And if thats not enough, you can wander over to the rocks and watch the seal pups play. Insanely beautiful place.

Thank Lisa H
Mettingen, Germany
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2016

If you are in the region this is a must-see. The beach is beautiful with lots of interesting rock formations, and at low tide you can watch seal puppies at the east coast of the beach, doing a Show for visitors.

Thank Kenyyya
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

It's a short trek from the camping ground but once you get to the sand dunes, it's not easy so you'll need a bit of fitness and your calf muscles may scream for the next day or two but don't let this deter you! It's still worth it! The wind was in full effect so you may have to wear... More 

Thank Maria K
Hobart, Australia
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

New Zealand has some wonderful beaches including Moeraki Boulders and Cathedral Cove, but Wharariki Beach at the northern most point of the south island ticks all the boxes starting off with the hillside walking track through rolling sheep paddocks with fence sty climb overs, a forest glade, sand dunes, and a picture perfect beach complete with cliffs and tidal caves,... More 

3 Thank etosha10
Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite places in New Zealand! Don't just go there and back! Bring time, bring food, take the walk up the cliff towards the pillar point, get wet but DON'T SWIM here! We watched 3 idiots beeing rescued from the rocks by a military helicopter. I hope they had to pay the bill... Love this place... More 

1 Thank redbeard2015
Toronto, Canada
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232 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2016

This is by far our favourite place in Golden Bay and well deserving of its number one ranking. Here's some practical advice if you are thinking of a visit. First, this is not a swimming beach. We have seen some disappointed visitors coming back in their togs. This is a wild, west coast beach and the wind is always whipping... More 

1 Thank LittleIgor
Charlottetown, Canada
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334 reviews
210 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Off the beaten track with a one kilometer walk through sheep fields and dunes. Beautiful beach and stunning scenery.

Thank Spuddler
Southampton, New Jersey
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

This was my favorite place to visit on the South Island. The views and walks are spectacular for days and I say days because it's impossible to accomplish this place in a day. BE AN EARLY RISER! It's often windy in the afternoons and pay attention to the tides the night before. At low tides there is more beach and... More 

1 Thank aar0n897
Auckland, New Zealand
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67 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

The walk to the beach is across farmland and then sand dunes. Once close to the beach you encounter wind and sand which together mean that sunglasses are recommended. The beach and islands are picturesque and for the walkers there is a longer (1-2 hour) circular track option. The highlight for us was the see the baby seals practicing their... More 

Thank Kiwiseley

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