NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 28 Apr, 2021 00:30 am

GO NZ: Farewell Spit, New Zealand's next Unesco World Heritage Site

GO NZ: Farewell Spit, New Zealand's next Unesco World Heritage Site
The 25km sandspit reaching into the Tasman Sea is a familiar sight from a plane wing.

Bird appeal: Farewell Spit is one of the country's most important bird sanctuaries.Photo / Supplied, Nelson Tasman It's wild and windy but, if you have feathers, Farewell Spit is prime real estate, writes Elen Turner Most people who have flown between the North and South Islands on a clear day will have seen the 25km sandspit reaching into the Tasman Sea.Farewell Spit forms the northern boundary of Golden Bay, and setting foot there feels like being on the edge of the Earth.Taking the brunt of northerly and westerly winds, and growing and shrinking with the tides and the drift of sand, Farewell Spit is an inhospitable landscape for people, although there is a decommissioned lighthouse and adjacent lodging near the end of the spit.

However, the environment must be appealing to birds, because Farewell Spit is one of the country's most important bird sanctuaries.To the lighthouse: Farewell Spit, Golden Bay.

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