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Farewell Spit Eco Tours

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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...more
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6 Tasman Street, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand
+64 3-524 8257
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Reviewed yesterday

We got lucky with the weather for our tour - clam clear conditions all morning. Paddy, our passionate driver/guide, kept us fully informed on the Spit's history as we journeyed along. Despite an 0600 hours start we had the bonus of a brilliant sunrise over...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yesterday we went on The Farewell Spit Eco Tour before saying Farewell to our holiday. Situated at the top of the South Island it stretches 10s of kilometers into Tasman Bay. We only booked the night before and needed to be there by 7.45am in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ChrisB738
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is going to be difficult to find enough superlatives to describe the day out we had with Farewell Spit Tours. As they have to work with the tides tours start at varying times. We needed to report for our tour at 6.45 in the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BarbaraV340
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are not great fans of "guided tours" but this one was well worthwhile and highly enjoyable. It is the only way of fully experiencing the Spit from top to bottom, or should that be side to side as the Spit actually runs mostly east-west....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank xartec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the only tour operator for Farewell Spit, which is a very interesting feature in itself. The general public are not allowed on the vast majority of it, so it is a great place to see all kinds of birds and marine life. Paddy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank NorwichEmptyNesters
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our trip was fantastic. We had an amazing tour guide named Elaine who was absolutely fantastic, she entertained us the entire way! We stopped for many a photo opportunity and had great fun on the sand dunes. Would highly recommend this trip.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank louk2016
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 6 did the Farewell Spit tour. It was a great day out enjoyed buy our 4 kids aged between 8 & 15. Entertaining if a bit repetitive commentary along the way. Excellent driving in some tricky terrain. Bus was comfortable. Amazing to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

For over a decade our family has been one of the holiday makers hitting the bay in the summer time for a few weeks of relaxation and adventure. We always look out onto the spit and on our holiday this year decided to experience the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 715ellier
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

Our trip was great, mainly due to Murray our guide & driver. He had a huge knowledge of the area & wildlife '& lots of anecdotes to keep the punters interested.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank diver201
Reviewed January 8, 2019

A bus trip to be remembered. An extremely knowledgeable driver and tour guide, full of information and kept you fully informed on all aspects of the trip.

Date of experience: January 2019
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January 28, 2018|
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Response from billyboy212 | Reviewed this property |
The cost for 2 people was NZ$310.That was with a 10% discount by using our Top 10 card. Hope this helps you.
October 28, 2017|
Response from Rob C |
The standard price at Jan 2018 is 155 of our New Zealand dollars. Quite pricey but it’s a 6.5 hour trip to a place no one goes, so a must-do if you’ve come thus far.