Farewell Spit

Farewell Spit

  • Country: 
    New Zealand
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    11,388 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    40°32'S 172°54'E
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Farewell Spit. 13/08/76; South Island; 11,388 ha; 40°32'S 172°50'E. Nature Reserve; Shorebird Network Site. A 30km long sand spit, and intertidal area, extending at a rate of 15m annually. Exposed to the Tasman Sea on the north and with a dune complex giving way to mudflats on the south. Particularly important as a staging area for shorebirds. Supports several notable plant species as well. Ramsar site no. 103. Most recent RIS information: 1992.

Administrative region: 
South Island

  • National legal designation: 
    • nature reserve
  • Last publication date: 


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