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



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.co.nz 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 February 26 to March 04

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 26 Feb
Sat 27 Feb
Sun 28 Feb
Mon 1 Mar
Tue 2 Mar
Wed 3 Mar
Thu 4 Mar

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$58.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$58.00

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


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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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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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Sue McGuire from New Zealand wrote on 10 February 2021

Farewell Spit Tour

Excellent tour with great guide. The early morning start (dependent on low tide) was great to catch the sunrise and escape the heat of the day. Plenty of opportunities to get off bus and walk around sites, including a dune walk and run down, gannet colony, historical lighthouse, birds and wild life. Cape Farewell is beautiful. Nice to stop after a couple of hours for a complimentary cuppa and muffin. Highly recommend this tour.

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Anna Couperthwaite from New Zealand wrote on 09 February 2021

Fantastic afternoon at Farewell Spit

Had such a good time on this trip - very informative and never a dull moment :) Highly recommend this to anyone interested in our history, ecology.

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Ross from New Zealand wrote on 28 January 2021

Great trip must do

Great trip , Charles was very knowledgable of the area , made our day

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