The Spit is administered by the New Zealand Department of Conservation as a sea bird and wild life reserve. Apart from a
small area at the base of the Spit it is closed to the public except through organized tours.
Tours include the opportunity to jump off a sand dune, a visit to the lighthouse and the gannet colony. The south side of
Farewell Spit is home to many thousands of sea birds; it also the site of frequent whale strandings mainly by Long-Finned
Pilot Whales. The northern side is bounded by the Tasman Sea.
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