Farewell Spit Eco Tours

Farewell Spit Eco Tours


43 Rankers Reviews

33 Face-to-Face

19 Group Tours

19 Bird Watching

19 Golden Bay

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South IslandNelson RegionGolden Bay


  • Group Tours
  • Bird Watching


Showing 8 reviews of 39.

Kirsten Mitchell's avatar

Kirsten Mitchell


Ranking: 10/10

A great experience to go so far out to sea on a sand spit. We saw quite a few different species of birds including the beautiful Gannet colony at a distance, as well as a seal basking on the beach. Our driver Paddy was very interesting and knowledgeable about the wildlife, geology, geography and history. He kept us interested with anecdotes about the spit. A cuppa and fresh muffin for afternoon tea in one of the old lighthouse keepers’ cottages was a lovely break, and a peak into their lives. On the way back we got to see the remains of a shipwreck which periodically gets uncovered by the shifting dunes. Sunset provided more spectacular photo opportunities. Well worth it!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Alan Brown's avatar

Alan Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Bus trips are not our thing but this was the only way to get up to the end of Farewell Spit. And once you get off road it is great. The driver was very friendly and informative (although quite hard to hear at times). This is a strange and wonderful place and well worth a visit, with lots of interesting information about the lighthouse and its keepers. Coffee and buns were much appreciated, and there were good opportunities along the way to stop for photos, climb a sand dune, watch a seal etc.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Megan's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent commentary, comfortable seats, not too long, not too short.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

FlyingKiwiGirl's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience and worth every penny. Very informative driver kept us entertained all day.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in September 2014

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Sarah's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Very good experience. It is a way to see this part of the South Island, but it was expensive and even if the trip was good, it wasn't so extraordinary (which can explain the price).

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Brita Topp's avatar

Brita Topp


Ranking: 10/10

Great tour all the way up to the Farewell Split lighthouse with numerous stops and time to walk around, very enthusiastic and informed guide/driver named Murray. Full day (10 am- 5pm) tour at $145 was fantastic and highly interesting with all the information the guide provided. Wonderful and recommendable day.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

Pam&Steve's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great value for money. A wild and impressive region which can only be visited on a guided tour. The driver was very knowledgable and the 4wd bus comfortable. This was a trip highlight.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Kevin Tranter

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Very enjoyable experience, but at $145 PP an expensive duopoly!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013