Sand Dune Environment

A highlight of the trip along the spit beach is the opportunity to stop and climb one of the low sand dunes that run down the spine of the spit. These stops are timed for sunrise or sunset whenever possible, and the resulting vibrant colours and textures are often spectacular as the low light spreads across the wind-sculpted hills and valleys. At a close-up level, the ripples and runs of the sand running down each dune is just as beautiful. From the top of the dunes a 360 degree view unfolds from the mountains of Golden Bay, to the tip of the Abel Tasman National Park, the turbulent seaway of Cook Strait, the spit itself, and around to the wild ocean on the west coast side. Best seen on our Farewell Spit Tour.