Sandfly Bay walk is a lesser known New Zealand Classic. It's a beautiful, isolated beach that is the landing point for one of the rarest penguins in the world - the Yellow Eyed Penguin - plus lots of sea lions!
PLEASE don't be tempted to get to close to these animals! This is very important otherwise this special place may close for general public. If you want to view the yellow eyed penguins at dawn or dusk then follow the marked track at the southern end to the viewing hide. Please respect and enjoy!
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Beautiful 'playground' for the kids with sand dunes and slides, sea lions, very windy.
Nice view, good information, scenic dunes, sea lions.
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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.
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.
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Eveet De Beleir
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.
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.
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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.
Very nice walk. Beautiful scenery. Saw many seals but no penguins as we were not at right time.
Awesome bay, you can see yellow eyed penguins very closely and for free. Always with perfect nature.
Sven and Annie
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!!
Most beautiful beach in New Zealand so far. You can see seals, penguins and sea lions.
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.
Steep but rewarding, beautiful views and location and not as hard as it looks.