Wharariki Beach

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  • Address: Wharariki Rd, Puponga 7073, New Zealand, Nelson
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Tags: Beach, Walking Area, Leisure, Family And Kids

About Wharariki Beach, Nelson

On the northern most tip of New Zealand’s South Island, lies this spectacular, gigantic beach. You want to visit at low tide, when a four hour timeframe will be enough to cover most of the beauties this beach has to offer. If you’re lucky, you see some adorable sea lions. If you’re staying away from the water, th old hiking trail is a perfect place from where to catch the sunset. Rolling hills, forests and dunes; the beach is an untouched paradise. Part of the magic od the beach is the wonderful and near constant breeze (it IS strong enough to blow your hat off). Take pictures of the long reaching Farewell Spit and the high cliffs at Cape Farewell.

Wharariki Beach Information

  • Do not stick around for high tide.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Wharariki Beach

  • 81.06% of people who visit Nelson include Wharariki Beach in their plan

  • 36.79% of people start their Wharariki Beach visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wharariki Beach

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wharariki Beach

People normally club together Harwoods Hole Walk and Kaiteriteri Beach while planning their visit to Wharariki Beach.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Wharariki Beach, Nelson Reviews

  • What a wonderful place to visit. An amazing beach to which the access is via hill walk then through bushes. Such a stunning beach with amazing views. And to have the experience of visiting middle of a storm. Hill walk could be extremely windy so take extra care

  • This is one of our favorite places in New Zealand ! The beach is beautiful ! There are caves, big beautiful rocks, fur seals and pups (in the summer) playing in the sea and sleeping on the beach. It's a little paradise, quiet and peaceful. We loved it :) !

  • You drive until the road just runs out and stops in what looks like a small car park in a field. From here the sign says 1km, but we think that it is much closer to 2km, especially if the tide is out. Follow the path through the field and over a couple of styles. The path starts firm but as you get near to the beach it turns to sand (not suitable for pushchairs). If the tide is out when you get to the beach there is still quite a walk over the dunes to get to the water. Head towards the smaller rock as that is where you will see the baby seals if they are there. Remember not to get too close they are wild. The beach is just a huge expanse of sand and the camera trigger finger will get a workout. Lots of people head here for sunset photos.

  • Super windy and it feels like you are reaching the end of the world. The hike to the beach was beautiful and easy as well. Make sure to walk around the beach when it's low tide to spot some seals.

  • Wonderful place. However, a few things you need to know before visiting this place. 1st, from the parking, you must walk quite far to the beach. Of course, you will also enjoy a wonderful view while walking. 2nd, the road is still not completed yet (quite bad condition when we drove there in Dec 2017. 3rd, you can not swim at the beach, there are some warning that it is not suitable for swimming.

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