Whale strandings, birds colonies, and desolate sand dunes!
Named by Cook in 1779 as he left New Zealand, Farewell Spit is a remote 16 mile stretch of sand carving out into the Tasman Sea on the northwestern top of the South Island.
The Spit is a nature preserve and bird sanctuary to nearly 100 species, including Siberian waders, godwit, knot, gannet, weka, skylark, thrushes, keas, spoonbills, finches, hawks, caspian terns, black swans, and blue penguins. All are protected. Unlike the days when a local boasted about killing 23 oystercatchers in a single shot.
To see the birds at the end of the spit you'll have to travel with either ...Read More