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Farewell Spit Tour

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Join Farewell Spit Tours on an incredible journey through a nature lover's paradise.

Farewell Spit, the longest sand spit in New Zealand at 26km, is an ecological treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.

Your local and friendly guides are passionate about the history and ecology of this protected nature reserve and will ensure you get the most out of your journey of discovery.

Highlights of the Farewell Spit Tour include:

  • Sand Spit - Explore the pristine 26km sand spit
  • Puponga - The northernmost point of the South Island to view seals basking on the rocks and spectacular coastal cliffs
  • Fossil Point - View the array of exposed fossils and wormcasts and sea life found in the exposed rock pools
  • Lighthouse reserve - Ascend the lighthouse, view the pouwhenua (wood carvings) and soak up the Maori legends of the spit and enjoy refreshments in the lighthouse keepers cottage
  • Sand hills - Scale the magnificent dunes for outstanding panoramic views of the Tasman coastline, intertidal plain and 8km recession of the tides.
  • With over 15,000 Godwits and Knots and a whole host of other native and introduced species to be seen, this is a wildlife spectacle you simply cannot miss out on.

    Find out for yourself why Captain Cook affectionately named this stunning region Farewell on his departure from New Zealand and come and immerse yourself in nature.


    Duration: 6.5 Hours

    Location: Collingwood, Golden Bay. Two and a half hours drive from Nelson

    Note: the tour departure times are influenced by tides, so booking times are indicative at best. Departure times on the day range between 6am and 4pm. It is ESSENTIAL to follow the booking instructions on your bookme.co.nz confirmation to get the exact departure times from Collingwood on the day from the operator.

    Price:

  • $155 Adults
  • $58 Children

  • Available Bookings from May 22 to May 28

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    All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

    Eco Tour
    Tue 22 May
    Wed 23 May
    Thu 24 May
    Fri 25 May
    Sat 26 May
    Sun 27 May
    Mon 28 May

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$142.00
    • Child$58.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$111.00
    • Child$58.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$111.00
    • Child$58.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$111.00
    • Child$58.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$155.00
    • Child$58.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$142.00
    • Child$58.00

    5+spaces priced from:

    • Adult$111.00
    • Child$58.00

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    Elena Venuti from Italy wrote on 06 January 2018

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    Awesome experience even with bad weather

    The tour far exceeded our expectations, we were worried about the weather but in the end it didn’t turn out that bad - we even experienced one of the most breathtaking sunset ever! Our guide was excellent and gave us lots of interesting information, and patiently waited for all those who were extra slow in taking pics ;-) Highly recommend and absolutely worth the price! Thank you Farewell Spit eco tours!!

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    Glenda Brooks from New Zealand wrote on 17 October 2017

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    A Magical Day

    More than we had hoped for - this day out with Eco Tours to Farewell Spit was one of those days where you’re not only getting to see and experience a remote and mystical part of New Zealand, you have on board a wonderful guide who has so much knowledge and passion - thanks Tony and Eco Tours - we loved the Spit, the seals, godwits, gannets, spoonbills, swans, oystercatchers, fossils, lighthouse, sand dunes, muffin, coffee - and the commentary. A special day.

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    Maxime from France wrote on 27 April 2017

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    Fantastic visit!!!

    This tour proposed by Farewell Eco Tour is an excellent experience to live in Golden Bay! It's fun to be in the red bus, with an interesting guide who explains the dynamics of the area, takes us to a sand dune and the lighthouse, and shows us the animals. We also see the beautiful Cape Farewell. I just regret that we are not taken to Wharariki Beach. Definitely go for it!

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    Judit Andrea Juhasz from Hungary wrote on 28 January 2018

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    Fantastic day on Farewell Spit

    We had a fantastic day on Farewell Spit with Farewell Spit Tour. We saw hundreds of lovely birds and also some seals. We admired Fossil Point, the sand dunes and also the light house at the end of the spit. Our guide, Tony, was great. He gave us a lot of interesting information on the birds and the area itself. All in all, we enjoyed this tour a lot and would recommend everyone to participate in it. Thanks for this adventure!

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    Romy from Germany wrote on 30 December 2017

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    Enjoying a pile of sand

    The day was well organized and we had a great guide Elaine was some great sense of humor and lot of local stories. We travelled in a well mainted bus and saw good amout of wildlife. I really enjoy the day on farwell spit. The only small disadvantage in main season travelling is, that it was not quiet lonely, but four busses have been with us on the trip. Even with many people up the pile of sand it was a great day.

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