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.
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!
Very knowlegable tour guides - good days outing.
Cennart ud Brock
Good speakers!! Saw seals and other animals! Best tour ever!
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.
Perfectly organised day, nice people, very informative.
Very nice scenic route, good comments by the driver.
Marjan Van Den Braak
Guide gave many and enthusiastic information. The trip was amazing!
Excellent driver with cheerful personality. Good timekeeping. Good explanations of what to expect and good commentary.
Very enjoyable trip to Farewell Spit.
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.
Darrell & Michelle Lamb
Four wheel drive bus from town to end of 35km Spit. Informative talk on Spit, birds, lighthouse, local history.
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Friendly advice when we booked the tour. A great trip with good guides.
Professional, very interesting - but get poor.
Fantastic day out to Farewell Spit.
Mr & Mrs Sage
Very good trip to Golden Bay Nature Reserve - lighthouse a must. well worth a visit.
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.
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.
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.
A most interesting and wonderfulexperience, knowledgable driver.
6 1/2 hour bird + seal watching. For us it was sometimes difficult to understand the guide.
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.
Very well done, driver had great general knowledge.
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!
Excellent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. No air conditioning in bus.
The best parts of the tour were in the public access area.
Lots of sand. Not much wildlife.
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)
It was nice beautiful day, and great guide. A bit expensive but worth it. Most of the participants are middle aged people.
Friendly, competent and knowledgeable.
Emma & Rob
Great day tour, good guide, beautiful scenery and the 1961 Beford ride was a big plus.