"Fairwell Spit Tour" Nelson/Tasman Things to Do Tip by wkcsmt

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  Farewell Spit
by wkcsmt

Farewell Spit is the longest natural sandbar in the world. Maori people named the spit Onetahua, meaning 'heaped up sand' - the long sandbar stretches out 35km from the very tip of the South Island. Farewell Spit is more strictly protected than a National Park, so the only vehicle access is supervised tours.

It's a sanctuary since 1930's, the Spit is now returning to its indigenous covering including cabbage trees, kanuka, mahoe and rushes. Habitats range from open mudflats to sand dunes (ever-changing with winds & tides) providing homes for over 90 species of bird, most importantly the waders.

Tour options:
Lighthouse Safari 5 hours
Wader Watch Tours 3-4 hours
Gannet Colony Tour 6 hours
Cape Farewell Tour 6 hours

Prices range from NZD$70-95 for adults & NZD$45-50 for children (ages 5-15). Check website for detailed information about tours, departure times & prices.

Address: Tasman Street, Collingwood
othercontact: Inquiries@FarewellSpit.co.nz
Phone: 0800 808 257 (within NZ)
Website: http://www.farewellspit.co.nz or www.farewellspit.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 9, 2005
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