At the far north corner of the South Island is Farewell Spit, which is the world’s longest sandbar at 35km.
It extends out into the Tasman Sea and provides a coastal barrier where wetland birds come to nest. It has some nice walking tracks and is popular with cyclists despite the sometimes dangerous winding roads. A few kilometres south of the Spit is Collingwood, a tiny historic gold rush town with great views.
Main Road, Pakawau
Tel (03) 524 8040
Gibbs Road, Collingwood
Tel (03) 524 8624