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Farewell Spit Eco Tours

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Address: 6 Tasman Street, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand
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+64 3-524 8257
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

Farewell Spit Eco Tours began in 1946 as the mail delivery to the...

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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A Special Trip to a Special Place

Farewell Spit Eco Tours is the only commercial company authorised to drive the length of the spit so we felt lucky to go where most other people cannot go. Our trip left... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jackie A
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Farewell Spit Eco Tours is the only commercial company authorised to drive the length of the spit so we felt lucky to go where most other people cannot go. Our trip left Collingwood at 1.30 (it is dependent on tides). Our driver was cheerful and informative and gave us lots of opportunities to get out and stretch our legs and... More 

Thank Jackie A
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Gannet Colony Tour was everything I wanted! Our guide was friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, and was always telling us something interesting. It's long but well worth the time if you like wildlife. The tour goes where the average person cannot go, so you get to see things most people don't. The tour starts with the drive to the spit and... More 

Thank taace1i1a
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

I love collecting geographical extremities , so had a great day on Farewell Spit. Our tour went at 2 pm , but all depends on the tide times The guides were excellent , the scenery superb - lots of blowing sand - and the coffee and biscuits at the light house much needed and appreciated. Tour goes from Collingwood ,... More 

Thank flatworm
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Our day began at 8.30 and each day's tour departs at a different time to suit the tides. Well publicised start times a sianle for months ahead which made booking easy. Expertly run tour with everything you could wish for on such a day. Our own guide Tony, was hilarious but not over the top and really knew his stuff.... More 

Thank Koshla1491
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We took the Farewell Spit Eco tour and enjoyed it. Lots of driving but we learned a lot and the stops were very good. Our trip went from 10:30 - 5:00 but the hours for the tours vary significantly (based on tides). We had gone to Wharariki Beach the day before and found some aspects of the tour to overlap... More 

Thank Jeff K
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

'Must do' value for money tour with friendly and very experienced and knowledgable guide (Paddy), visiting Cape Farewell, Fossil Point and the lighthouse on Farewell Spit.

Thank ValianBrisbane
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Absolutely fantastic tour, could not fault it. Informative and fun guide. Highly recommend this tour

Thank Lynette A
Main Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic day, our tour guide was great. With great commentary throughout our trip, he explained all the history for this region which was very interesting, we never got bored on this 6 hour tour. The light house and old cottages were wonderful to explore. Well worth the trip.

Thank Claudia P
Amberley, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

An early start was had due to the tides. Activity is based around the tides. Great day out made more so by helpful info provided all along the trip. Long trip out to the lighthouse at the end of the spit and then back via Cape Farewell.

Thank DavidGA986
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We had a terrific 4 1/2 hr tour of the spit and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Professionally run, value for money and Murray, you were the best!

Thank Robyn53

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