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are influenced by tides, so booking times are indicative at best. Departure times on the day range between 6am and 4pm.
We’ll be back to do the Gannet tour which takes you pretty much to the end of Farewell Spit. And this time, I really WILL do that ‘roly poly’. Your message has been sent to Farewell Spit Tour. You should hear from them shortly. Farewell Spit, the longest sand spit in New Zealand at 26km, is an ecological treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.
The Farewell Spit Tour, our most popular, departs from Collingwood and visits Cape Farewell (the South Island’s most northern point) and Fossil Point, and also includes our Lighthouse tour. The lighthouse was finally automated in 1984. Now monitored remotely from Maritime New Zealand in Wellington, they, along with Department of Conservation and Farewell Spit Eco Tours, are the only groups allowed into this lighthouse. Enjoy a 6 hour guided Farewell Spit Eco Tour which includes driving to the most northern point of the South Island to see the cliff top dunes of Farewell Spit and the migrant wading birds on the intertidal plain, a tour not to be missed.
First seen by Abel Tasman in 1642, it was Captain Cook’s last sighting in 1770, hence its name. Neither of them left actual footprints in history. Maori, on the other hand, inhabited the spit in the 1600s, calling this place Onetahua, heaped up sand. Still young by history’s standards, the nearby Old Man Ranges for example, named after a lone bare rock, are around 50 million years old. Farewell Spit is extraordinary, but just one element of an equally extraordinary tour of discovery.
Like the sands of time, the dunes are constantly on the move, the beach always different. From soft spots, tides, water holes to wind, Farewell Spit is formidable. Farewell Spit – Onetahua – Nature reserve is a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance.
- The wildlife and the pristine environment need to be protected.
- Depending on the tide and seasons, buses leave Collingwood most days.
- The most popular Eco Tour which, as well as exploring the spit, stops in Puponga and at the most northern point on the South Island, Cape Farewell.
- The light station stood on a very windy beach and one night the stormy weather whipped up the sand, completely covering a pile of bricks.
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Through sharing the experience of Farewell Spit it can help to raise public awareness of this precious ecosystem, so vital for migratory birds. So appreciate your comments Jan.
Very special place, great tour
Lucy Butler on one of the first planting days at Farewell Spit. A fabulous day trip offering an insight to a part of NZ that few get to see. Kirsten, our tour guide, was energetic and full of enthusiasm to ensure we all got to see everything this unusual habitat had to offer. It was hard to imagine how 6.5 hrs on a tour bus was going to stay interesting but you are off and on so often that time flies by and the end comes too quickly! You dont need to be an avid bird watcher to be in awe of the beauty- Kersten will ensure you know what you are seeing and provide a fullfilling experience of NZ nature.
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