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Golden Bay > Wharariki Beach > Farewell Spit

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Overview

Tucked into the northwest corner of South Island, Golden Bay and its fertile valleys and river plains are isolated from the rest of the island by a mass of imposing rugged mountains. Explore this windswept northwestern coast of South Island for an unforgettable day adventure, and see for yourself why the postcard-pretty Wharariki Beach tops the must-visit destinations in Golden Bay. A close second is New Zealand’s longest sandspit, a slim, 26km point of land made of delicate golden sand called Farewell Spit. Its distinctive shape mimics that of a kiwi’s beak, which juts out into Golden Bay.

Should we have enough time (although this is not guaranteed as the travelling times are long), we could stop at “Pupu Springs,” a vividly coloured little lake sacred to Maori. Te Waikoropupu Springs is otherwise famous for the clarity of its water and the volume of its outflow from underground openings, pumping about 14,000 litres of water/second. Close by is the alternative lifestyler town of Takaka populated by eccentric characters and humming with artistic vibe. Browse the shops, visit art galleries, or simply enjoy its excellent selection of cafés.

Now is the best time to experience this unique corner of New Zealand – don’t miss out! The incredible sights make the extended day trip aboard our cosy bus worth it, so book now. Leaving at 8.30AM from our Motueka information centre, our bus can collect you from your lodging or a location close by.

Golden Bay > Wharariki Beach > Farewell Spit

Golden Bay > Wharariki Beach > Farewell Spit

Golden Bay > Wharariki Beach > Farewell Spit

Golden Bay > Wharariki Beach > Farewell Spit

Golden Bay > Wharariki Beach > Farewell Spit

Golden Bay > Wharariki Beach > Farewell Spit

Golden Bay > Wharariki Beach > Farewell Spit

The sequence of how we organize the trip varies as we synchronize it with Wharariki Beach’s tides.

  • We start off ascending the 791m Takaka Hill so you enjoy sweeping views over Golden & Tasman Bays, and Abel Tasman National Park from dramatic lookouts.
  • If time permits, we may visit the springs of Te Waikoropupu, said to be world’s clearest freshwater spring and the largest in Australasia.
  • Farewell Spit Café is our next stop where you can marvel at the incredible formation of Farewell Spit.
  • Fifteen minutes away from here, you may even walk the 1-kilometre stretch of Wharariki Beach if the tide is low. If the tide is high, it’s a gentle hike over stunning farmland before arriving at the coast greeted by a postcard-worthy beach book-ended by sheer cliffs and protected from the waves by imposing rock formations. You might even spot some seals sunning on the rocks.
  • In between our Motueka-Wharariki trip, we stop at Takaka for snacks at the cafés and some shopping.

Leaving Motueka, we spend a total of 5 hours driving for the entire day.

Wharariki Beach and the surrounding area is exposed to the elements, so come prepared for strong winds, and expect to be blasted as you follow the coast, partly through sand. Time spent walking on the beach takes about an hour.

The sequence of how we organize the trip varies as we synchronize it with Wharariki Beach’s tides.

  • We start off ascending the 791m Takaka Hill so you enjoy sweeping views over Golden & Tasman Bays, and Abel Tasman National Park from dramatic lookouts.
  • If time permits, we may visit the springs of Te Waikoropupu, said to be world’s clearest freshwater spring and the largest in Australasia.
  • Farewell Spit Café is our next stop where you can marvel at the incredible formation of Farewell Spit.
  • Fifteen minutes away from here, you may even walk the 1-kilometre stretch of Wharariki Beach if the tide is low. If the tide is high, it’s a gentle hike over stunning farmland before arriving at the coast greeted by a postcard-worthy beach book-ended by sheer cliffs and protected from the waves by imposing rock formations. You might even spot some seals sunning on the rocks.
  • In between our Motueka-Wharariki trip, we stop at Takaka for snacks at the cafés and some shopping.

Leaving Motueka, we spend a total of 5 hours driving for the entire day.

Wharariki Beach and the surrounding area is exposed to the elements, so come prepared for strong winds, and expect to be blasted as you follow the coast, partly through sand. Time spent walking on the beach takes about an hour.

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