Farewell Spit Attractions

Port Puponga is the perfect location to explore the many attractions that Golden Bay offers:

Farewell Spit Nature Reserve is of international importance, jutting some 30km into the Tasman Sea, with saltmarshes, open mudflats, freshwater brackish lakes and dunes providing habitats for over a hundred bird species. The unusual shape of the coastline sadly seems to fool whales' navigation systems and beachings are common here. Take a guided safari tour in a 4WD bus to the old Farewell Spit lighthouse, the tour buses will pick you up at our gate, we are happy to arrange bookings for you.

Alternatively you can walk to the outer beach (2km) and inner beach (4km); both provide good views of the spit.

Farewell Spit
Farewell Spit

Puponga Farm Park and the Farewell Spit Visitor Centre are a 10 minute walk from our camp, with stunning views overlooking Farewell Spit and beaches.. A walk through the park will take you to Fossil Point on the West Coast, another beautiful windswept beach with unusual rock formations. Wharariki Beach is a short 6km drive from our camp, and a 15 minute walk over the hill from the carpark. It has a wild and spectacular coastal landscape, where the wind and waves have created massive rock and sand dune formations.
Another spectacular walk is the Hilltop Walk, which you can start at Wharariki, Cape Farewell or Pillar Point, taking you back to the Farewell Spit Visitor Information Centre and the camp. This walk provides fantastic views of the Tasman Sea, Farewell Spit and Golden Bay, all in one.
The Cape Farewell Horse Treks are just down the road from us with a number of day trek options. A trip to Westhaven Inlet and through to Paturau on the West Coast is another major attraction when visiting Golden Bay. On the way back detour to the Kaihoka Lakes, which are surrounded by a beautiful bush of mostly Nikau palms.
At low tide you can collect cockles and mussels at Puponga beach, at high tide kayaking around Abel Head and into the lagoon, observing seals and birds, and of course swimming in the safe and tranquil waters is a great way to spend the day.

If you don't wish to self cater the popular Old School Cafe in Pakaway (8km south) offers great dining, breakfast and lunches are also available at the Paddlecrab Kitchen at the Farewell Spit Visitor Centre.


Wharariki Beach