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Farewell Spit Tour


Come on an extra special eco journey to Farewell Spit a protected nature reserve and home to New Zealand's longest sand spit.


  • 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
  • Sand Hills - Scale the magnificent dunes for outstanding panoramic views of the Tasman coastline, intertidal plain and 8km recession of the tides.

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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. Enjoy the vast array of wildlife and marine life, the historic lighthouse, imposing sand dunes, coastal cliffs and diverse Maori history with outstanding panoramic views as a beautiful backdrop.

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.

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.

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

Adult $165.00
Child $58.00


  • Allow approximately 7 hours for the whole experience


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


Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.



    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 confirmation to get the exact departure times from Collingwood on the day from the operator.

    Minimum numbers will apply for a tour to go ahead.

Available Bookings from 14 Aug to 20 Aug 2022

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All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$114.47 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$58.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$58.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$58.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$58.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$58.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$58.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$58.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Beth from New Zealand wrote on 20 January 2021

Well worth doing

This is an amazing trip. Well worth doing. Office lady is really obliging and they are well organised. At times the commentary was a bit "over the top" and driver passionate about her person ideals which isnt for everyone.

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Godfrey from New Zealand wrote on 28 October 2020

Farewell Spit

A really amazing trip. Great commentary by a very knowledgable driver/guide. So much history, plant, bird and animal life. A trip I could easily do again.

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kathryng2 from New Zealand wrote on 16 October 2021

Farewell spit tour

Thoroughly enjoyed out trip with such a knowledgeable and passionate local!

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Paul from New Zealand wrote on 21 January 2020

Great Trip

Great trip we were very lucky with the weather fine with no wind,saw lots of migrates birds and seals. Our tour guide was great,full of information about the area, bird life, and the spit.

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Paul Lovell from New Zealand wrote on 12 January 2022

Pristine Farewell Spit

We had a lovely day. We enjoyed seeing a part of NZ in its natural state, a variety of bird life and even seals. The views were amazing.

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