Wharariki Beach – South Island, New Zealand

Wharariki Beach is on the northwestern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s west of Cape Farewell and the northernmost point oft he South island. The beach is best known fort he stunning Archway Islands which are a group of four rock islands.

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How to get to Wharariki Beach

You can acess the beach via a 20 minute walking track ( probably 1km long) from the end of Wharariki Road. You’re walking over farm paddocks and through a section of coastal forest.

Since your’re walking on farmland you will walk next to a flock of sheep and cows which is pretty amazing but can also be a little bit scary if you don’t like these animals.

Wharariki Beach

Wharariki Beach

Wharariki Beach Price

It’s free. You just need to pay your transport there. There is also a local horsetrekking company where you can ride along Wharariki Beach if you want to but it’s for experienced rides only and 160$ per person for about 3,5 hours.

Where to stay

The beach is about 1 hour from Takaka and 2,5 hour drive from Nelson. I stayed at the Tasman Bay Backpackers in Nelson and absolutly loved it. It was one oft he best hostels I’ve ever stayed in.

How much time do you need at Wharariki Beach

Plan to stay there for about 1,5 hours. The landscape is breathtaking and you can take amazing pictures. Also there are sand dunes which are pretty cool. Also there are several other walks you could take along the coastline but if you want to do them plan some extra time.

Wharariki Beach

Wharariki Beach

When is the best time to visit

The best time to visit is at low tide because the most sand is exposed and you are able to walkt he full lenght of this amazing beach. I’ve been pretty lucky and low tide was at sunset which was really stunning. The refections are amazing and the colors simply beautiful.

What to do there

Take a nice walk along this amazing beach and just take it in. If you have the time stay until sunset since the sun will be between the rocks and that’s just stunning.

You should wear steady footwear fort he walk there and also bring a wind jacket since it’s windy at the beach. You shouldn’t go for a swim there since there is a stong current and High waves because oft the wind.

Why should Wharariki Beach be on my bucket list?

It’s a spectacular coastline with caverns, islands, sand dunes and a long beach. It’s a beach you can see on postcards and it’s definitly one of my favorite places in New Zealand.

Wharariki Beach

Wharariki Beach

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