Farewell Spit Eco Tours

Farewell Spit Eco Tours

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Kirsten Mitchell

Australia

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 almost 2 years ago

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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 over 4 years ago

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Megan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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FlyingKiwiGirl

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in September 2014

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Sarah

France

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

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Brita Topp

Cambodia

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 over 7 years ago

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Pam&Steve

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 over 7 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

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Jenny Pullenger

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Very knowlegable tour guides - good days outing.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Cennart ud Brock

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Good speakers!! Saw seals and other animals! Best tour ever!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Domroes

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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John Duffy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic trip along Farewell Spit. Driver/guide was excellent and knowledgable. A long day due to late start for correct conditions, but experienced fantastic sunset.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Zuur

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Perfectly organised day, nice people, very informative.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Eva Bock

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice scenic route, good comments by the driver.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Marjan Van Den Braak

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Guide gave many and enthusiastic information. The trip was amazing!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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inda Hall

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent driver with cheerful personality. Good timekeeping. Good explanations of what to expect and good commentary.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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David Glover

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very enjoyable trip to Farewell Spit.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Lizzie

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

This was a highlight of my trip. I'm a coast person and this drive along that wild, empty (of humans, that is) windswept beach with the crashing waves, the wonderfully sculpted dunes, the great sweep of the sky and the constant comings and goings of birds and seals was exhilarating. Cape Farewell and Fossil Point were well worth seeing and the comfort stop at the lighthouse was welcome. Good muffins too. If you're planning to include this trip in your itinerary - and I recommend it - be aware of the tide as a factor. I nearly missed out and had to do some rapid readjustment of my schedule to get to Collingwood in time. And that's another thing. Don't miss Collingwood; it's a delightful tiny place.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Darrell & Michelle Lamb

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

Four wheel drive bus from town to end of 35km Spit. Informative talk on Spit, birds, lighthouse, local history.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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lindam

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly advice when we booked the tour. A great trip with good guides.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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Norbert Hainz

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Professional, very interesting - but get poor.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Gerry Donoghue

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic day out to Farewell Spit.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Mr & Mrs Sage

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very good trip to Golden Bay Nature Reserve - lighthouse a must. well worth a visit.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Chris Lloyd

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

The rating is for the three hour bird trip in the eight wheeler. Paddy has a great future in bird tours on the spit if our trip was any indication - having the birds in breeding plumage helped. We did the longer trip, which was pleasant with excellent commentary, but not in the same league as the previous afternoon.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Ron Price

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Very enjoyable day. The bus driver, guide was very knowledgable about bird life, and general knowledge about the spit. The time flew by. The muffins were very tasty too - the seats in the bus got a little uncomfortable toward the end.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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helennz

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Even the the tour was 6 1/2 hours, there was never a dull moment. Lots of stops to see all the sights on the spit. Hugely knowledgeable and informative guide.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Vivienne O'Reilly

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A most interesting and wonderfulexperience, knowledgable driver.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Erika Muller

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

6 1/2 hour bird + seal watching. For us it was sometimes difficult to understand the guide.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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Gary Brown

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

The tour was organized & well run. The driver of our 'bus' was very informative & well versed in local knowledge which made the tour interesting. A negative is that the bus was full & hence it wasn't always easy to see things shown.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Barry Treve

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Very well done, driver had great general knowledge.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Triona Rawlence

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

I have waited twenty years to do this tour and it was well worth the wait. The sights are amazing; I just wanted more camera time. Intelligent and knowledgeable guide. A must for those who like birds; wide, open, natural spaces; and a dearth of people!

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in December 2008

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John&Denise

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. No air conditioning in bus.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Melanie

New Zealand

Ranking: 3/10

The best parts of the tour were in the public access area.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Loren

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Lots of sand. Not much wildlife.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Chris Willsher

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well organised tour to a fascinating part of NZ. If your objective is to see gannets up close then go to Cape Kidnappers instead. This trip leaves you too far away from the colony to get the real gannet experience but the scenery is unique. The guides are brilliant and very well informed. Highly recommended. (Visited Feb 2008)

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Peddy

Ranking: 7/10

It was nice beautiful day, and great guide. A bit expensive but worth it. Most of the participants are middle aged people.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Nicole

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly, competent and knowledgeable.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Emma & Rob

England

Ranking: 8/10

Good tour.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Rolf Kruger

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great day tour, good guide, beautiful scenery and the 1961 Beford ride was a big plus.

Reviewed about 14 years ago and experienced in February 2007