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Farewell Spit Eco Tours

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Collingwood, New Zealand
About Farewell Spit Eco Tours
Farewell Spit Eco Tours began in 1946 as the mail delivery to the lighthouse keepers on Farewell spit. Farewell Spit is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary. Summer home to wading birds from the Arctic and also a growing Gannet colony near the end. Our hand picked local guides love to share their knowledge with people from all over the world, many of whom return on subsequent visits to our country.
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Christine M wrote a review Oct 17
Auckland Central, New Zealand9 contributions
We had a magic day on this 6 hour tour. It exceeded our expectations and we felt privileged to visit this very very special part of New Zealand. Our guide Paddy was efficient, knowledgeable and ensured that we all had a wonderful experience. We loved the birds, the seals, the fossils, the incredible sand landscapes and the visit to the lighthouse. Paddy had a story or three about all of these things. DO IT!
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Date of experience: October 2020
Caroline D wrote a review Oct 11
Wellington, New Zealand94 contributions19 helpful votes
Even though it was blowing and raining on and off, I enjoyed this tour. Our guide Paddy knew his birds and wildlife and also shared the history of Farewell Spit, the lighthouses and shipwrecks which kept us entertained (along with many a 'Dad' joke.) Highlights were being on the Spit, visiting the lighthouse (with hot coffee and muffin a bonus); rolling down the sand dunes and the wildcat Cape Farewell. I will come back to Collingwood and stay and do tour again as it will be different each time. But book ahead if you are only here for a few days - we got lucky to get on at short notice in the 2 days we were here.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Connector813853 wrote a review Oct 7
Napier, New Zealand11 contributions
A fantastic trip enhanced by Paddy. His knowledge after 30+ years is second to none. The diversity of scenery seen and the ability to get right to the end of the spit makes this a must do tour. Small group ( Max 20 pax) adds to the ambience.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Jane W wrote a review Oct 3
Auckland, New Zealand77 contributions15 helpful votes
We had a fantastic day. Our driver Murray was great and gave so much information on the areas that we drove through, the wildlife and the birds. Really interesting man to listen to and not at all boring. Loved the information on the godwits! We saw fur seals and lots of birds. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the price of $160 was very expensive and would suggest lunch is provided for that price instead of coffee and a muffin.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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brucewilson2018 wrote a review Sep 2020
Palmerston North, New Zealand2 contributions
The whole day was marvelous. We had high hopes for a great trip on The Spit, and our expectations were easily exceeded. Paddy, the driver and tour guide, was a competent driver (even with soft, deep sand) and a fantastic raconteur. Not only was his commentary well-informed and interesting, but it was laced with good humour. We have talked about bringing our family members to see for themselves on their next South Island visit. (Notwithstanding COVID-19 Alert level 2, the arrangements were competent and all protocols fully observed.)
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Date of experience: August 2020
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