Farewell Spit Eco Tours is one of the founding businesses of the Nelson Sustainable Tourism Charter whose aim is to continually improve and promote the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of tourism businesses in our region.

“Onetahua” is the Maori name for Farewell Spit and translated means “heaped up sand”. Onetahua is also the name chosen for the Golden Bay Marae which was established in the 1980s.

Our Tours

Farewell Spit Eco Tour

Most people choose the Eco Tour which, as well as exploring the spit, stops in Puponga and at the most northern point on the South island, Cape Farewell. From the...

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Gannet colony Tour

There are approx. 5000 birds here and we can visit most of the time between September and April. Viewing Gannets is a two way process - the birds are known...

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Lighthouse Tour

The Lighthouse Tour is approximately four and a half hours. You will be collected from the gate at the entrance to the nature reserve and enjoy the same experience on...

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Wader Watch Tour

The focus is on the migrant waders and we can do this tour between September and April. We travel to Farewell Spit as the tide is rising and spend time...

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