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Farewell Spit Eco Tours

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Collingwood, New Zealand
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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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EDEBAuckland_ wrote a review Jun 2022
Auckland, New Zealand88 contributions93 helpful votes
One of the best tours I’ve had. Six hours long on a four-wheel-drive bus along Farewell Spit - at high tide a 27-kilometre-long strip of sand running west to east from the north-western tip of New Zealand’s South Island .. The Spit, built up from sand eroded from the Southern Alps, and swept by sea currents to the top of the South Island. Now a nature reserve and soon to be made predator free - good luck! Tour leaves from Collingwood and includes the spit and Cape Farewell - the north-west corner of the South Island. Our driver, Anton, was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the people who lived there. Opportunities to visit the lighthouse near the of the spit and to check out fossil site and climb a sand dune. Tour puts on tea/coffee and a muffin at the lighthouse but it’s a long day so might be worth packing some extra kai. We were there mid-winter so not a lot of wildlife around apart from some seal pups snoozing on the beach. Not windy the day we visited but can be quite blowy so come prepared for that. This is definitely a trip at the top of our must-do-again list. [one wee note of caution for out of Towner: the usual access to Collingwood is by road and along the way is a “beast” called the Takaka Hill Road - sealed for sure but 25 kilometres that will test your abilities behind the wheel, your abilities to concentrate and your abilities to read (all those road hazard signs). The rewards at the end though are well worth it!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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john S wrote a review May 2022
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What a fabulous day. Right from the get go until the end the driver/guide, Anton, was brilliant. Great knowledge to pass on and made the whole trip so memorable. From seeing the rare kotuku after a few miles, to seeing Farewell Spit and Cape Farewell later in the day, the history, geology, flora and fauna explanations were very educational even for us couple of 75 year olds! All in all, something that MUST be on every kiwis bucket list.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Jude D wrote a review Apr 2022
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Absolutely fantastic! We recently went on the Farewell Spit Eco tour and it was an amazing experience. We were super lucky with the weather and combined with our highly entertaining, friendly and knowledgeable guide, Anton, the stunning scenery and the chance to access Farewell Spit was an unforgettable experience. Loved the stories and the chance to visit the lighthouse keeper's cottages. Just brilliant.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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AliGoatLady wrote a review Apr 2022
Tasman, New Zealand102 contributions58 helpful votes
We struck a stunning calm day. The tour was great, very informative and covered a range of topics from the history of the area, wild life, natural phenomena etc. Our guide seemed well informed, enthusiastic and passionate about the environment. Well and truly recommended.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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380Kat wrote a review Apr 2022
Whangamata, New Zealand41 contributions7 helpful votes
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Amazing! An absolute must do. An informative tour with so many photo ops. The history and conservation work is so interesting. Our 4 kids loved it, especially the lighthouse and seals. Our very knowledgeable tour guide Anton was great and even cracked some bad Dad jokes. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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