Farewell SpitFarewell Spit is undoubtedly the main tourist attraction of the area. The Spit is the second longest sand spit in the world, at around 23 km and growing. Most of the Spit is a bird sanctuary, and access is available only through the local tourist operator www.farewellspit.com. The Spit tour buses pass by the end of Totara Avenue, and we can arrange pick-up there, saving you having to drive into Collingwood and leave your car there. The Farewell Spit Café, at the base of the Spit, offers views over the Spit. It is permitted to walk on the first 3 km of the Spit, and a nice walk is to walk out on one side and return on the other.
Puponga, the settlement at the base of the Spit, is home to a coal mine that closed in the 1960s. At low tide, you can see the remains of the pilings of the Puponga wharf, where ships used to come in and collect coal. The remains of one of the steam engines that hauled coal from the mine to the ships can be seen rusting in the sand beside the main road (Another of these engines is now restored and working in a museum in Blenheim). Puponga is also the base for Cape Farewell Horse Treks www.horsetreksnz.co.nz who offer a range of daily horse rides either to Wharariki or Puponga beach or along Old Man Range.