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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

*** Certificate Of Excellence Winner 2013 ***

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 $160.00
Child $58.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 7 hours for the whole experience

Restrictions

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • *** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***

    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 December 15 to December 21

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$111.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$128.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$58.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • 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

4.9

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Shelley Neame from New Zealand wrote on 19 April 2019

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Very special place, great tour

What a privilege to be able to go into such a unique and special place and see why it is so protected. I learned so much about this beautiful area of New Zealand. Our guide Pino's passion for the place and its ecosystem is infectious. The entire tour was fascinating.

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Gene Rigney from New Zealand wrote on 22 February 2019

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Informative, comfortable trip

My partner and I are retired Science teachers, and really appreciated Murray's knowledge and expertise in regards to the scientific aspects of the trip. He presented the information via anecdotes, and involved his passengers where possible. We finished the trip knowing a lot more about the geological history, and ecological and social developments of the Spit. The 7 hours we spent on the trip didn't seem to be too long, although passengers not as interested in the science and history may find it a bit tiring.

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Clare from New Zealand wrote on 18 December 2018

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A tick on the bucket list

A fabulous day trip offering an insight to a part of NZ that few get to see. Kirsten, our tour guide, was energetic and full of enthusiasm to ensure we all got to see everything this unusual habitat had to offer. It was hard to imagine how 6.5 hrs on a tour bus was going to stay interesting but you are off and on so often that time flies by and the end comes too quickly! You dont need to be an avid bird watcher to be in awe of the beauty- Kersten will ensure you know what you are seeing and provide a fullfilling experience of NZ nature. A definite tick on the bucket-list.

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Rebecca from New Zealand wrote on 12 November 2018

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Bucket list heaven

What a fabulous trip! Elaine kept us laughing the whole way and is very knowledgeable about the history of the area and of the types of birds. Very good value for money and it was more than just a tour to the Spit. The scenery is just unbelievable. Lots of opportunities to stretch your legs so that you're not stuck in a bus for 6 hrs. Would highly recommend!

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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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