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A 35-km (22-mi) protected sandbar with a 19th-century lighthouse, Farewell Spit is renowned for its tremendous seabird population.
Farewell Spit Eco Tours. A trip with Farewell Spit Eco Tours is a must if you are in Golden Bay. Each of the three tour itineraries takes you out along the Farewell Spit; one tour will take you to a gannet colony. The company is the only one with a DOC license to visit the gannets. Another takes you out to the lighthouse and windswept dunes on the seaward end of the spit and the third visits the lighthouse, Fossil Point and Cape Farewell. Costs run between NZ$110 and $135; reservations are essential. 6 Tasman St., Collingwood, 7054. 03/524–8257 or 0800/808–257. www.farewellspit.com.
Cape Farewell Horse Treks. You could also saddle up with Cape Farewell Horse Treks; this outfit provides some of the best horse trekking in the country, with spectacular beaches and far-reaching views. For the best views, ride the combined Triangle and Old Man Range treks (NZ$115), or try the Puponga Beach ride (NZ$65) for something more tranquil; it's also suitable for kids age 5 and up. But if you're into wild beach gallops then join the Wharariki Beach Trek (NZ$120). Wharariki Beach Rd., Puponga, 7073. 03/524–8031. www.horsetreksnz.co.nz.
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