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“Pretty walk, generally windswept beach. Likely to see seals.”

Wharariki Beach Walking Track
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Golden Bay
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

This is a pretty, well marked track through farm paddocks, to dunes and then a windswept beach. There are large rock formations at the beach. The tide was too high for us to take photos of the archway island, but we did see a seal in the shallow pools at the north end of the beach. We'd hoped to continue the walk Cape Farewell, but the creek was a little too deep to cross unless we wanted to swim, so we returned the way we came.

We also saw children sliding down the steep section of the dunes on bodyboards. They were having fun.

The beach was too windy to consider swimming or surfing.

Thank Colin D
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Go on a low tide hour or two before sunset if you can, for best photo opportunities. Baby seals play in pools. Dont be lazy, make sure you walk ALL the way down to the southern end, for best views back to Archway Islands, plus formations and tunnels in rock.

Thank Kathy H
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

A great walk, not too long. Perhaps around half an hour, we took the clockwise path. After walking through the sheep paddock we started to get glimpses of the beach, then suddenly we were there!!!!
Monolithic rocks, caves, gorgeous sand, just heaven.
Ate our picnic lunch.
Millions of photos taken..then as we walked north towards the end of the beach (it was low tide) there was a few people gathered and there in the most beautiful sand pool of turquoise water were baby fur deals, about 4-5 of them, playing, diving, sliding, swimming. What a treat for us.
We then left the beach from this northern point and returned to the carpark.
Great day.

Thank Lindaro
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Make time to go on this walk, you will NEVER forget it! Also, make sure to look at a tide chart so that you can do the walk to the south. High tide blocks access to the trail south at a cliff and DON'T EVEN THINK about trying to go around until the tide is going out. Look for the baby seals playing directly down from the sand dunes. Wander through limestone arches and caves further south. WOW!

Thank LaporteFoggman
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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

When we do sonething on a trip that is amazing, we call it a Travel Channel moment. This beach was a Travel Channel moment for sure. The visitor center advised us to take the clockwise southwesterly path via the small lake to get to the southwesterly part of the beach first and walk up. We were glad we did.

The stroll to get to the beach is relatively nice, buy when you step out of the wooded area and on to the beach, it is breathtaking.

The tide goes out about half a mile, leaving a huge gorgeous beach with occasional clear pools of water, and many giant caves and huge stone arches carved out by the waves. The beach is compacted by the water so it's easy to walk on, and where the waves leave the ground wet, it becomes a mirror reflecting the sunset. And best of all, for a while we were the only ones there as far as we could see.

Definitely worth the drive to go. It was the best beach we've ever seen, and we've seen hundreds of them over many years of extensive travel.

1  Thank JasonB2727
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