Farewell Spit Eco Tour
Price from £82 per person
Departing from Collingwood, the first stop is in Puponga and at the most northern point on the South Island, Cape Farewell. From the cliff top, seals and their pups can be seen basking on the rocks below all year round. Next is Fossil Point at the beginning of the Spit, a popular hauling out place for NZ fur seals. Old fossils expose themselves among the rocks and sea life abounds in rock pools nearby. A further 30 kilometres along the ocean beach is the Lighthouse Reserve, where you can pause for 45 minutes or so to climb the lighthouse, learn some of the Maori legends about the Spit, have refreshments in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage and soak up some history. Returning from the lighthouse, participants can climb the sand dune at Mullet Channel for panoramic views of the ocean beach, the parade of dunes along the centre of the spit and the inter-tidal plain where migrant waders from the Arctic Circle feed during spring, summer and autumn. Cape Farewell is the northernmost point of the South Island and the clifftop views nearby are spectacular. The coastal cliffs are sliced through with fault-lines: vertically walled slashes where streams run inland rather than to sea. Your guide is passionate about the history and ecology of Farewell Spit; they are knowledgeable about the wildlife and committed to ensuring you get the most from your trip. Hear the history of Puponga and New Zealand's first Radar Station. See where whales strand and uncover the mystery of the migrant waders. During the summer there are up to 20,000 godwits and 30,000 knots at the Spit as well as other Northern migratory birds, New Zealand natives and introduced species. Bring cameras and binoculars to make the most of this nature-lover's paradise.
Months: Year round
Duration: 1 Day
Starts: Varies between 06:00 and 16:00 depending on tidal conditions
Does not operate on Christmas Day