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Shag Point Nature Reserve

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Wonderful place to go for a weekend. So much to do and see in this little area. Can't wait to get... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Kathryn H
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Take the Turn. Its worth the short drive

I have been down SH 1 hundreds of times. Never had I had a desire to see what was down there... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2016
South Island, New Zealand
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“seal colony”(3 reviews)
Hampden-Palmerston Road, Palmerston, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place to go for a weekend. So much to do and see in this little area. Can't wait to get back there!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Kathryn H
Reviewed 9 June 2016

I have been down SH 1 hundreds of times. Never had I had a desire to see what was down there. Recently I did.Its really neat. Seals and great seascapes. And an old boat shed to add interest to a photo.

Date of experience: June 2016
Reviewed 29 April 2016

There are shags aplenty at Matakaea, but the stars of the show are the large Fur Seals of which there are lots, more than we saw anywhere else in New Zealand. The low cliffs make it easy to get a great view of the seals,...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank alunwyn
Reviewed 29 March 2016

When travelling to Oamaru from Dunedin we decided to stop off at Shag Point. The coastal scenery was really nice and we were greeted with the sight of dozens of seals basking in the sun. Didn't see any yellow eyed penguins but they are reputed...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank chrisatholly55
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Pulled off the main road and followed signs to go and see the seals. It was a very windy day so the sea was very rough. Saw lots of seals on the rocks. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank ThrualensLiz
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Short walk from car parks to cliff views and Seal colony. Day was cool and windy, but gather it can be hot in summer. Wear sturdy footwear and take care. Were very close to lots of adult and some baby seals, some of whom were...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank stoodlee
Reviewed 29 February 2016

We will be coming back here again and again, fantastic views and a wonderful seal colony, if you are lucky you can spot dolphins and Orca!

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Tim O
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Outstanding scenery together with the seals and bird life make this an unmissable stop on a travel itinerary; superb photo opportunities were inspirational.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank MartiD1
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Visited on a day when the weather was perfect to see the views and watch the seals at very close quarters. This is worth a visit if passing through.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Alan F
Reviewed 6 February 2016

This was recommended as a place to see fur seals. The weather conditions were such that we saw over 50 seals on the rocks. An amazing sight to see so many seals so close.

Date of experience: January 2016
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