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Cape Farewell , Tasman

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Cape Farewell Beginner

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops


2:00 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



the track is across a working farm so track may be closed due to farm operations check with DOC online for Puponga Hilltop walk.

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The best way to enjoy this run is to be dropped off and picked up at the other end. Run with the wind because this area has strong winds from either north or south and the track is exposed.

Starting at the Farewell Spit carpark in Puponga follow signs for the Fossil Point Walk or Puponga Hilltop Walk which heads north across sheep paddocks. The track starts flat until Fossil Point (which is worth a side trip) then climbs up onto the small Old Man Range and you follow this open top range climbing up and down all the way to Wharariki Beach and the carpark.

The sea and cliff top views are stunning but are very exposed with vertical plunges into the sea. Take a dip at Wharariki Beach - one of the finest beaches in Aotearoa!

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Features of interest

Stunning cliff top views of Farewell Spit and Golden Bay also rugged coast line.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

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  • Access

    Start is well sign posted and is either Farewell Spit Carpark or Wharariki Beach Carpark on the northern most road of South Island.

    Plenty of parking at either carpark, though can be packed in January. Carparks are safe.

    23 km

    24 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Follow poles across open farm land


    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Cellphone, Map.

    take water with you there is none on track

    wind can blow 100 km year round be prepared

    stay back from cliff edges and watch small children these cliffs have sadly claimed lives.

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