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“A great day out”

Farewell Spit Eco Tours
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 14, 2013

This trip was memorable for its scenery and the beauty of the drive but was made particularly enjoyable because of John's commentary - he is clearly knowledgeable, but the information was given with great humour and evident appreciation of this most lovely of places.
A full day activity - time very well spent.

2  Thank Joanna I
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Going out on to the spit is a really great experience. I've been twice and both times were really good.

Thank CaseyHants
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Travelled from Pohara in the wee small hours to arrive on time for the departure at 6am. Greeted by friendly and helpful staff who explained in more detail what to expect during the 6 and a half hour trip. One of the last bastions of NZ that we hadn't visited and was more than impressed with everything.
Extremely knowledgable driver/guide who imparted his wisdom professionally.
A must for tourists and NZ travellers alike.

1  Thank Southlandrover
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We've been taking the Eco Tours Farewell Spit experience twice, and it only invites us to go for another time. Very informative trip, with a knowledgeable guide (thank's a lot John!) guiding you across this very special environment.
We hope that we can come back another time!

Thank Georges B
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We opted for this company because it picks you up directly from their own depot in Collingwood. Since we stayed at the Station House Motel, we only had a 1min walk across the road. Because of the tides, our tour started in the early morning. The day is long enough without the extra travelling. We had a fairly full load of tourists from all over the world, and it was great speaking with them throughout the day. This tour is long, but then it's a long way to the end of the spit, PLUS you cannot go there by Public means!
Tips:
- There is no "hiking" per sae, so heavy "boots" are not required...in fact, easily removed shoes are recommended because then you can take them off and enjoy walking bare-foot in the sand dunes :) :)
- Apart from the coffee and muffin stop at the Lighthouse, you do not "stop" anywhere for lunch. You definitely do need something to eat, so when you do stop, and that's fairly often , take it with you and consume it outside. (There's a "no eating in the van" policy!!).
- Limit your fluid intake....toilets are few and far between!!! (this is perhaps the only downfall on these tours).
- If you travel with children do watch them at the Cape Farewell stops. There are shear cliffs and no barriers along the walk! and on the beach the seals are really camouflaged within the boulders, and are easily stepped on!
- There are very few amenities in Collingwood, so if you stay there pick up supplies at Motueka (where there's a fairly large supermarket).
We enjoyed our guide Tim, thanks for a great day.

2  Thank ENGELBRECHT01
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