Cape Palliser Seal Colony and...

Cape Palliser Seal Colony and Lighthouse Walk

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Nicolas Perrot

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Hi,
I was there for the sunrise and even if I couldn't see the sun appear from the sea horizon, that was a great show. I was alone to watch the top of the waves illuminated by the orange sun.
I edited a short video about the beauty I saw.
Cheers,

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

30Sept18. The lighthouse is good. How many steps! A lot and steep and it was very windy when we were there. The gravel road is actually quite good. We made the mistake of walking about 3kms to get there. On the plus side we did see a lot of seals.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Chris Arnold

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Long drive out but beautiful coastal drive. Lighthouse was pretty and the fur seals are great fun to watch!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Dan Schmidt

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Driving the last bit of Cape Palliser Road there are plenty of opportunity to see seals! Lovely animals not afraid of us and beautiful landscapes as well.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Belinda Ziswiler

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

See a huge seal colony at Cape Palliser, it is just amazing to watch the bulls, the cows and their babies! A nice lighthouse, amazing rock formations, nice beaches and lovely nature!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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David

France

Ranking: 9/10

Really beautiful landscape, still wild. Lots of seals. You can also find some Paua on the rocks!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jade Williams

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A cool place to go see if you are a tourist.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Lucie Revay

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely lovely place. The coast is wonderful. The view from the lighthouse is stunning. There are 248 stairs that lead to the lighthouse. Unfortunately no seals whatsoever at this time of year (December).

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Lili Souris

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A lot of nice walks and an awesome scenery. Nice view and seals are next to the road.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Luisa Birkel

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice to be that near to seals!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Olga Barathova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

We have never seen seals in the wild, lots of small seals, they play together.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Adam Pulkrabek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of small seals, really nice and cute.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Clara Guinard

France

Ranking: 9/10

This place is very beautiful and there is a colony of seals which was very amazing.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anna

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Long gravel road to the lighthouse but the view and the beach near the lighthouse are awesome!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sabina Roubickova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

We were very lucky. Weather was brilliant, seals were everywhere and we were able to almost touch them! Walk to the lighthouse is a great idea, especially if you want to take breathtaking pictures!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Pierre Mattes

France

Ranking: 9/10

We saw a lot of freedom seals.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Martina Cervenkova

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Huge seal colony with babies. You can see them in their natural habitat. Very cut. Free.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Gessica

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

Incredible place in the most southerly point of the North Island. No people around, just the sound of the wind and waves. And then the biggest colony of sea lions there are in the North Island.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Isabella

France

Ranking: 10/10

Cape Palliser with lots of babies and seals playing in the water, jumping on rocks. That was so good to see them wild and free.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Miroslav Bazala

Ranking: 10/10

The 5 hours I have spent here made it one of the most memorable days of my life. The whole area is 10/10 beautiful and that is only a bonus to the main attraction of watching seals. Went there in March and the place was full of very young seals playing with each other. Couldn't get any better.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Andy Burfoot

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The stairs up to the lighthouse are a bit vicious but it is all worth it for the view. Plus the hundreds of fur seals that live along the coast made this one of my favourite spots in New Zealand thus far.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Sophia Harnisch

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Seeing seals for the first time really close, nice lighthouse but too far away.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Grischa Rodust

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great experience to see the seal colony and the lighthouse. A long gravel road to travel but worth the trip. Also possible to spend the night here for free.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Iwona

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of seals playing on the rocks of the beaches near the lighthouse. Easy to see and observe them.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Richard Thompson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing place, beautiful scenery, lovely drive although tight in some areas so take your time, it's well worth it. We got to see many fur seal adults and pups but most memorable we were lucky to have an enormous elephant seal only ten metres away sunning with the others just the most memorable sight ever. This is definitely worth taking the time to drive out and experience this beautiful location.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Michal Kamradek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Nice seal colony.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Christopher Buch Madsen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

You get amazingly close to wild seals, so cool and there is a cool lighthouse with a great lookout as well.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Toke Frederiksen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Lighthouse, seal colony, really remote place with some rough shores and beaches. Is really beautiful

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Stephen Revah

France

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful landscape and amazing seal colony.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Camille Bellay

France

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place and what a surprise to see many seals. Good experience, a bit scary.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Dan Lawson

England

Ranking: 10/10

It is quite a long drive from Wellington but it is through amazing mountains. Once you are there you can climb very tall staircase to a lighthouse and also hang out with some seals! Great snorkelling too!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Hendrik Schanz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice and we saw some seals.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Julie Ledanois

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience of watching for a few hours, seals and their baby's, playing and living, just a few metres near us......

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jeremy

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

A great spot to meet seals like nowhere else!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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David Restell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!! Very cool to see the seals lazing around on the beach, rocks and grass area and too also see seal pups bounding about.

You get fantastic views from the lighthouse so the horrible steep steps are worth it when you get up there :)

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ton Martens

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place where you have the friendly people living in Ngawi, seal colonies and a lighthouse all in the same place.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Mike and Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely brilliant! You have to see them, there are loads of seals and we saw their pups too. Great views and a real privilege to see them in their natural habitat. We went in April if you are wanting to catch the pups.

You must visit the Pinnacles too, and take a walk up the lighthouse!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Sebastian and Peter Beate

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

It is sooo beautiful here!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Bene

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

You can see a lot of seals and penguins.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Woggywoo

Russian Federation

Ranking: 9/10

We went here in April when the Seals had their pups. It was so awesome. They had a Rookery and over 40 little ones flapping around.I nearly stood on one...scared the crap out of me! He was so small and trying to run off with fins flapping.Hilarious. Great to view and plenty of photographs.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2012

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Darina Kvasnicova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Nice one day trip from Wellington (or from way to Wellington). The southernmost point of North with lighthouse at rocks and amazing seal colony!! Not so many people :)

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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De Blaeij

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Worth to be seen.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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carolineder

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

For a nice short walk along the coast to visit the seals then this is a good spot. The scenery is very nice as well.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009