Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park.
4 hour 12 km loop walk to the Outer Beach of Farewell Spit.
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Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The walk begins here at the Triangle Flat carpark, at the base of Farewell Spit. That tattered notice on the pole warns of quicksand on the Spit. Stay on the marked track.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Looking South, towards Collingwood.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Looking North, towards where we are heading.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
We walk along the Inner Beach of Farewell Spit.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
After 1.5 km, we come to this 4WD track on the left. It heads to Fossil Point, at the base of Farewell Spit, on the Outer or Ocean Beach.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Now we walk for another 2.5 km along the Inner Beach.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Finally, we come to these (not very obvious) signs, which tell us where to cross the Spit. The couple walking in front of us obviously missed these signs, as they carried on walking into the Forbidden Zone of the Spit. (The sign says "No Entry Beyond Here").

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
On this part of the walk, the main objective is to find the next orange marker. Following the trail of footprints helps. On a windy day (most days here), it would be harder to find our way.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Now we have to walk around the end of that lake and find the next orange marker.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
There it is - just on the right of that sand dune...

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Funny how the animal tracks seem to follow the markers.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Now we head down to that low-lying grassy area and skirt around the base of it.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Ah good... There's a track to follow and the ground is dry underfoot.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The sand is starting to shimmer in the sunlight. We might have been out in this desert too long...

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The Spit is looking more beautiful all of a sudden.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Even this marker looks scenic... What's going on?

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
From a distance, this marker looks like it has a cross on it. It looks quite freaky as we approach it - and the freakiness is heightened as our feet occasionally sink into the sand. The thought of quicksand is never far from our minds...

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Looking down the Outer or Ocean Beach towards Fossil Point. The scenery has lost that beauty, which was temporarily apparent.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
And now for a long walk along the Outer Beach.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Nearly at the turnoff to cross the Spit back to the Inner Beach.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
Now we follow the 4WD track back across the Spit.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
The Inner Beach - and now the tide is in. The water is a nice colour.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
!.5 km to go...

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT WALK - Kahurangi National Park
And here we are, back at the Triangle Flat carpark. Today's weather was perfect. Just a gentle breeze. Not enough to blow sand around at camera height. On a really windy or rainy day, this walk would be terrible.