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“A great day out to see something unique to NZ”

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 February 16, 2014

A unique day out made all the better by our driver John Stevenson who knowledge and wit added to the experience. A piece of NZ which at first May seem unattractive - 35 Kms of sand! Think again it contains loads of wildlife, history and geology made more vivid by the driver. A long day with drinks and buns at the halfway point - the lighthouse complex at the head of the spit. Take a picnic, water and a camera and just enjoy the fun of the day.

Thank Robert N
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

This was the third time for us on this tour. A must do if visiting Golden Bay. The simplicity of Collingwood is a joy to experience in itself yet to be hosted by Farewell Spit Tours truly is unique.
Superb driver John Stevens with 30 yrs on the job is a delight, is entertaining and has the most extraordinary local knowledge. Whether still or windy weather there is an experience of nature to behold.
Refreshments at the lighthouse are now presented on a deck complete with sun umbrellas,table /chairs etc. A great opportunity to chat & get to know others on tour as we did.
The remoteness with the basking seals is a delight. Most likely visit a 4th time sometime

Thank Bob and Di H
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We took this tour mid Jan and were a bit disappointed in a number of things. The numbers of birds seen on the way to the gannet colony was very few although we did see Fur Seals. When we did come across something of interest the driver spent very little time there, perhaps because it was something she sees on a regular basis. We had to ask her to spend more time at the locations there was something of interest to enable us to take photos (the purpose of our taking the tour as we are avid photographers) as she drove around the birds or seals and as it was a bit bumpy it was not conducive to taking photos that were not blurred. The driver's response was that she had to be aware of quick sand as the bus could get stuck however she did take more time after that. There certainly was a large number of gannets in the colony but one needed a camera with a very good zoom as the closest one can get is over 150 metres. I had a 50 x zoom but even then it was difficult to get a clear picture as the birds are constantly moving. The tour also took in the lighthouse which was fairly ho hum and most of the time on the tour was spent driving across the sand seeing the odd seal and a few birds. At $155 it seemed overpriced - the company has a monopoly in their access to the area and appears to be taking full advantage of it.

Thank freetotravel24
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

6 1/2 hours on a sand spit? Yes and the time flew by! Just an amazing trip to where few people go(because only this and one other operator are allowed on the Spit), the tour was made even better with our experienced guide John, very informative and lots of fun! Saw lots of migratory birds and fur seals up close but the big attraction is the sand! Wow!

Thank Charlie499270
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Being taken on a renovated Army vehicle to the Spit is magical. Driving along the beach viewing sea lions and the odd dead pilot whale in a stretch of sand 35km long is incredible. The tour provides you with a hot drink and a muffin and biscuit after arrival at the lighthouse which is all very nice but the knowledge shared by the driver is invaluable. You get a side trip to Cape Farewell if you pick up the tour in Collingwood…so worth the extra few dollars and a discount voucher at the Pub on your return.

Thank Leanne R
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