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Lighthouse Eco Tour

Come and explore New Zealand's iconic and historic lighthouse set upon the countries longest sand spit in an incredible half day tour.

Come and explore New Zealand's iconic and historic lighthouse set upon the countries longest sand spit in an incredible half day tour.

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*** Ranked No.1 Activity In The Area ***

Come and explore New Zealand's iconic and historic lighthouse set upon the countries longest sand spit.

This unforgettable half day tour will take you on a journey through the protected nature reserve which can only be described as a nature lover's paradise.

Scale the magnificent sand dunes taking in the amazing panoramic views of the beautiful Tasman coastline and the spectacular and imposing coastal cliffs.

The spit is home to a vast array of marine and wildlife. Watch the seals basking in the sunshine and be in awe of over 15,000 birds who call this paradise home. Explore the exposed rocks pools containing exposed fossils, wormcasts and sea life.

Learn how the historic lighthouse worked and soak up the history from your knowledgeable and friendly guides who are passionate about the area and its conservation.

Enjoy a muffin and beverages at the century old Lighthouse keeper's house, view the pouwhenua (wood carvings) and hear fascinating Maori legends.

Farewell Spit is world-class wildlife sanctuary. Come and see for yourself why it's such a highly regarded nature reserve of international significance.

Duration: 4.5 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.


$125 Adults

$50 Children


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Helga McLay from New Zealand wrote on 19 October 2016

Highly recommend!!

This tour lived up to and beyond our every expectation and we have strongly encouraged family, friends and others to take the tour as a'must experience' when in Golden Bay. Though we're not avid bird watchers, Murray (tour guide and driver extraordinaire) enlightened and entertained us with info about the wildlife, birdlife, flora, conservation, geology, history etc)... we learnt a great deal whilst enjoying the unique and incredible scenery of our awesome country. Coffee and muffins were a treat whilst taking time to relax and explore the lighthouse surrounds midway through the tour. Will do this again... this tour accommodates all ages and abilities from children to less-mobile elderly.

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Rachel from United States wrote on 22 June 2016

Field trip for adults

Know how in school there were always kids who didn't want to be on the field trip? This was like going with only the excited ones! Fabulous trip, Paddy was a funny and personable guide, and we even had great weather AND wildlife to go with the scenery. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area!

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Sarahjane Murray from New Zealand wrote on 31 January 2016

Amazing experience

This trip along the remote Farewell Spit is enjoyable and informative. Paddy our guide explained unique features of the landscape we were travelling through as well as pointing out wildlife along the way. The highlight for me was walking to the top of the large sand dune and taking in both the inner and outer beaches, quite breath taking. I'd do this trip again, it was brilliant.

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Jordan Jones from New Zealand wrote on 12 January 2016

Great day

Lovely adventure out to the spit.

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Aynaz from New Zealand wrote on 26 October 2015

Awesome experience.

Awesome experience.

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