Wader Watch Area

What draws many people to Farewell Spit is the impressive number of migratory wading birds that visit, and revisit, the spit each year. The Wader Watch Area is an ideal spot to view birds like bar-tailed godwits, knots, turnstones and other arctic waders. These far-flying birds arrive from September and leave in early April, having flown in from as far away as Alaska. For these birds their round trip totals around 29,000 kms each year. Our Wader Watch Tour is the best way to visit this significant area.