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On one particularly sunny day off, I hire a car with a fellow kiwifruit picker to go up to the far North of Golden Bay area and explore Farewell Spit, and Cape Farewell.
Farewell Spit is a sand spit which extends out to sea for over 30km! The land is protected by the Department of Conservation, but is open to walkers for the first 4km. We had a walk along the inside beach, before crossing over to the outside beach over desert like dunes of sand. A flock of seabirds flew over us, and more dotted the shore by the Tasman Sea. Heading back we took a shortcut across the cresent shaped beach, wading through the shallows.
Back in the car we headed a bit further North to Cape Farewell, the Northern most point on the South Island. You can see North Island as well from here in the form of Mount Taranaki, looming out of the sea incredibly clearly. The cliffs here are spectacular, and a short clifftop walk along we found equally spectacular caves on a small beach. Some seal pups watched us curiously from the nearby rocks, allowing us to get pretty close.