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Wharariki Beach

Golden Bay, Nelson

Uncover a remote beach with its iconic SPLIT APPLE ROCK at the beginning of Farewell Spit. Wharariki Beach access is a journey in itself with a considerable drive to gain access to the beach’s walking track. This is a beach where the scenery dominates. Forget about swimming as there are dangerous undercurrents on the unpatrolled beach. Absorb the caves, the rocks and sculptured weathered rock arches. Your walk to the beach passes farmland, coastal bush reserves and transverses a large tussock dune landscape before unfolding into a wild natural beach.  One of the most photographed beaches in New Zealand, the landscape captures the raw beauty of the seascape. For ideas of what to do in the area check out Collingwood: Things To Do and See in Golden Bay – Best Bits and consider a Farewell Split guided tour.


  • Dramatic coastal scenery
  • You did it, found Split Apple Rock and have the instagram photo to prove it
  • Nearby Collingwood and Farewell Spit
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