Need a reason to fly halfway around the world, drive for nearly a day, take an hour-long taxi-boat, and then hike for 6 miles? You’ll get this secluded beach and sunset all to yourself, plus all the adventure and beauty of getting here. This is Whariwharangi Bay. It is the northernmost bay on the Able Tasman Coastal Track on the South Island of New Zealand. There is a campsite and the park’s Whariwharangi Hut that is about a minute’s walk inland from here.
The campground had wekas meandering about and after a long day of hiking up through the sand and over the rocky cliffs, I was wondering what weka would taste like… I settled for an MRE. We reserved a permit to stay in the Whariwharangi Hut, which is one of the oldest in New Zealand’s park system, and found it to be very cozy. The other travelers that we shared the hut with were fun to talk to as getting to know my fellow travelers is one of my favorite things about traveling. Usually when you end up in far-flung locales the other people who end up there tend to be people who are like-minded… my people. My only complaint about this place is that you eventually have to leave.