Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park.
An easy 1 hour 30 minutes, 6 km loop walk to the Outer Beach of Farewell Spit.
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Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
The walk begins here at the Triangle Flat carpark, at the base of Farewell Spit.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
Stretching 30 km in length and about 1 km in width, Farewell Spit is an outstanding habitat for shore birds.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
Now, we walk onto the Inner Beach.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

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

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
We begin by walking along the Inner Beach of Farewell Spit.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
When the tide goes out here, it goes out a long way.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
At this point, we turn inland and begin to cross the spit to the Outer Beach.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
A wetland. Farewell Spit has patches of quicksand in places. It pays to stay on the track.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
Here, we go left...

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
...And we come out onto the Outer or Ocean Beach.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
Looking West, towards Fossil Point.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
Looking East, towards the tip of Farewell Spit. The sand was being whipped up by the wind. Here, the sand was blowing at about ankle height. Further down the Spit, it was above tall tree height.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
The sand makes beautiful trails as it blows along the beach.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
This place is called Fossil Point.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
That's as far as we are prepared to walk. The tide is coming in...

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
Heading back.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
Trying to avoid the windblown sand, we walk across the sand dunes.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
There's the track...

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
The track climbs up to a stile, then crosses farmland.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
It's pretty much like this for the rest of the walk. Paddocks and stiles...

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park
There's the carpark.

Spit Track Circuit, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

FAREWELL SPIT TRACK CIRCUIT - Kahurangi National Park