Sandfly Bay Track

Sandfly Bay Track

Otago Peninsula

Reviews

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Frankie

Ranking: 10/10

Great place best first day I've pulled a sickie on lol so relaxing clothes ur option good way to get a full tan an not get picked on lol with beautiful scenery an amazing people with awesome wild life all around thanks peps for the relaxing day will be back again 😍

Reviewed 3 months ago

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xavier MICHEL

France

Ranking: 10/10

Sandfly is really the good name when it’s windy day!!! Wonderful scenic view of you’re a little bit lucky with a little sun!
Seals are here, at least 9 on the beach and rocks, and we could see another swimming in the sea near the beach.
Only 1 pingouin come on the beach very shortly.
Really nice walk, but don’t forget when you go down on the beach... you must go back to the car-park with a quit hard trace in the sand. Take your time, and enjoy!
A good spot too to stay on the car park for the night if you’re self-contained of course!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Melinda Pyke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place. No penguins but heaos of sea lions.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Visited in search of seals and penguins. No penguins but some fun sea lions lolling around - don’t get too close.
Gorgeous beach, very steep uphill climb back to the car park - good workout for your calves! Worth it despite the lack of penguins.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Myriam Ackermann

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful 'playground' for the kids with sand dunes and slides, sea lions, very windy.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Fabian Probst

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice view, good information, scenic dunes, sea lions.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Damien Bernard

France

Ranking: 10/10

Hard trekking through the sandy dunes to see penguins and sea lions (only a few of them), free in the nature. Friendly DOC warden, it is a must see.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Ilona Roeters

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice walk along the beach, we saw many sea lions. That was wonderful!! We did not see any penguins but the sea lions were amazing. The walk back is up a steep sandhill so prepare yourself for this.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Eveet De Beleir

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

The signs are really clear and it is wonderful to see real wild sea lions without paying for expensive tours. We did not see penguins though.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Laia Pujol

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk down to the beach where we had the opportunity to see a penguin (yellow eyed) and some fur seals. Quiet and clean area.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Vallee Manon

France

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot with some sea lions on a wild beach. Appealing place for and hour and a half of walking. But note, the walk back was more difficult.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Sylvie Martel

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice walk. Beautiful scenery. Saw many seals but no penguins as we were not at right time.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Gessica

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome bay, you can see yellow eyed penguins very closely and for free. Always with perfect nature.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sven and Annie

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

We say five yellow eyed penguins in an hour and a half. Lots of seal and sea lions. There is no hiding place though so you have to be really careful so you do not disturb the penguins. Have patience and it will be awesome!!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lili Souris

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Most beautiful beach in New Zealand so far. You can see seals, penguins and sea lions.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ella Gilmer

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely stunning place. There were a fair number of other people there, but it still felt very remote. It was the wrong time of day to see penguins but there were sea lions basking on the sand and playing in the ocean. The only reason I didn't give this a 10 is that the walk back up the sand dune is incredibly steep, such a killer.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Isabelle

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Steep but rewarding, beautiful views and location and not as hard as it looks.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Tobias

Norway

Ranking: 9/10

A 40 minute return walk down to a very nice beach. Possible wildlife encounters (seals, penguins, sea lions).

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Sofie Jebsen

Norway

Ranking: 9/10

Exciting to look for penguins.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Matthias Thorn

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A very nice beach with dunes ans seals. While walking downhill the dunes expect a challanging walk upwards later, cause the sand is loose. Take binoculars with you and go to the end of the beach. There is a shelter where you can view sea-lions

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Jesper Henriksen

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk, we got to see lots of seals and lovely nature.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Aude Moulin

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice walk on the beach with sea lions and very nice beach.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Julien de la lande

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk on the beach and we saw sea lions.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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celie Mcquair

France

Ranking: 10/10

From the park on the furtherest road, walking down the dunes.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Tan

Thailand

Ranking: 10/10

see sea lions , seals I've been there around morning. They were sleeping on the beach.Cute !! Great Experience in my life.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Katharina Littlemann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Dagette

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent free experience! However no signage on needing to be moderately to very fit for the walk back. We made it down the dune easily and saw hooker sea lions basking on the beach. Very close viewing. An amazing experience. Hint: try to not bulk up too much in clothing before going down. Just a windproof jacket should do. Not as cold down n the beach as it is up on the hill - and bulky clothing makes it very hard to get back up the hill!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Hilbert vanEssen

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Ranger on the beach nice to talk to.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Margreet Hanemaaijer

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Visit the Otago Peninsula at Dunedin. Take the high road. Beautiful area, lovely views and bay. Bad Sandflies!!! Watch penguins for free!!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Pete & Pat Etheridge

England

Ranking: 10/10

With huge rollers on shore and a strong crosswind the seas were beautiful with 'White Horses'. Along the sands with sealions (eventually) yellow-eyed penguins and sliding down the dunes.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Devon Urlacher

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Hike was a bit steep and sandy. Nice area, saw a few sea lions and a few penguins (yellow eyed). You have to go later and be patient for the penguins.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Lydia McLean

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

See penguins, seals, sealions and huge sand dunes. Great for running down.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Fairouz

Malaysia

Ranking: 7/10

Love the dune. Soft sand. Have to walk far end of the beach to see the seals. Couldn't see any penguin. Best time to see penguin is 2 hours before dusk. Difficult and tiring to climb back. Took pictures with the sheep near car park.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Jasmin Loeffler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Saw seals and penguins.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Chris

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Mixed surfaces but a good walk.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Rocipon

France

Ranking: 10/10

From the end of Sandy Point walk to the chasm and then down the dune to the penguin hideout. Come back through the beach with the seals and sealions. Awesome.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Anne & Robert

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Meet the seals and yellow eyed penguins - amazing. But a DOC campsite is missing on the whole penninsula.....

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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dollimyxture

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous unspoilt beach with huge sand dunes.
We didn't see any wildlife other than a few birds but it was still amazing!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Werner Zuis

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Unhurried, not commercialised (near Albatross Point).

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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Risch & Seybold

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Seals!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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jenniferuk

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great walk across sand dunes - very sandy! Saw seals on the beach but missed the penguins (we were there at the wrong time). Very enjoyable all the same.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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davidm239

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

We saw sea lions and yellow eyed penguins returning from the sea. A great recommendation from the local i SITE.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Paula Martinez

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Seals in Dunedin!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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MiepS

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful beach walk, where a group of sea lions welcomed us at the end of the Bay.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Nicola

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Walk to the beach to see sea lions and penguins, very beautiful beach, sea lions very close, nice DOC volunteers to explain things and protect the animals.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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John Cox

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Unspoilt beach, se lions in the wild.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Johanna X

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

sea lions!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Loleit

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful beach, many sea lions you could get really close to.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Emma-Louise Vetriano

England

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome, sea lions

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Artur D

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Walking through huge sand dunes, beautiful landscape, walking next to very huge sealions sleeping at the beach.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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koellner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice walk down to Sandfly Bay. Took us 45 minutes return. At the beach there is a good chance of seeing seals and see lions. A very good walk with children but a steep ascent back up again.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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