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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!
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.
Excellent commentary, comfortable seats, not too long, not too short.
Awesome experience and worth every penny. Very informative driver kept us entertained all day.
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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).
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.
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.
Very enjoyable experience, but at $145 PP an expensive duopoly!