Wader birds flying over Farewell Spit
Farewell Spit, at the tip of the South Island, is New Zealand’s longest sand spit.
You can take guided nature tours of this internationally-renowned bird sanctuary or explore Puponga Farm Park.
The area's attractions include a historic lighthouse, pa sites, the seals and striking landforms of Wharakiki Beach and a cliff top viewing platform.
View the Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park brochure (PDF, 1,327K).
Learn about the history and natural history of the area.
You can take guided nature tours and horse treks on the spit. Learn about the area’s walks and the historic and natural features to look out for along the way.
Learn about some of the DOC campsites in Golden Bay where you can stay when visiting Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park.
Find out how to get to Farewell Spit, which areas you can visit without a permit and get contact details for guided tour operators.
Students can learn about the varied bird life of Farewell Spit in the Puponga area.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Farewell Spit & Puponga Farm Park.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Nelson/Tasman places