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Wharariki Beach – Places to Visit in Golden Bay, Nelson

Golden Bay, Nelson

Uncover a remote beach, marking the entrance way to Farewell Spit. Wharariki Beach access is a journey in itself with a walk through farmland and sand dunes to gain access to the beach’s walking track. This is a beach where the scenery dominates.

Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Sand Dunes at Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay

Forget about swimming as there are dangerous undercurrents on the unpatrolled beach. Absorb the beautiful landscape with caves, the rocks and sculptured weathered rock arches. Your walk to the beach passes farmland, coastal bush reserves and a large tussock dune landscape unfolds into a wild natural beach. 




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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.


28 km from Collingwood, Golden Bay is Wharariki Beach carpark and access track. You will pass the small settlement, Puponga.


Monitor Wharariki Beach Tasman tide times for today, tomorrow and this week as strong rips and access to either end of the beach can be cut off with the high tide.

Find out more about the Abel Tasman National Park and what to do in nearby Nelson. Nelson is arguably the top New Zealand summer destination with wine trails, farmers markets and galleries. The icing on the cake is the scenic glory of the Abel Tasman National Park. 


In Nelson, Nelson City Council monitors 11 swimming spots. The areas include five coastal beaches and six rivers, which are monitored from November 30 to March 15 on a weekly basis. For more information check Bathing water quality Nelson.

Abel Tasman Great walk viewpoint walking towards TORRENT BAY Nelson New Zealand
Abel Tasman Great Walk Viewpoint
Winter sunrise at Wharariki Beach at the top of New Zealand's South Island. The clouds are colored by the rising sun. The rocks are the Archway Islands. This beach is a popular tourist destination and is know for it's beautiful reflections of the islands.
Winter Sunrise at Wharariki Beach

Wharariki beach is one of Nelson’s top beaches. 


Don’t worry you do not need to pick a favourite beach. There is plenty of space to go around at the Abel Tasman National Park beaches and Nelson beaches beyond the National Park. In fact our editor is mulling over the idea, the best beach is the one we visited yesterday with tomorrow a promise of another gem in the Nelson best beach category.


Moturoa Island (Nelson city)

Tahunanui Beach (Nelson city)

Motueka Beach Reserve (Nelson district)

Tata Beach (Golden Bay)

Pohara Beach (Golden Bay)

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