Surat Bay

Seal Watching

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Time: 10 - 20 minute walk to view large Sea Lions

Surat Bay, seals and ship wrecks what more could you want! Take a walk down the beach and keep your eyes peeled for fur seals hanging out along the beach. They like to roll around in the sand, so keep your eyes peeled. A word of warning..... don't get between the seal and the sea, they can freak out and run fast. Keep your distance.

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10 reviews with the most recent first

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C Schaap

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Free wildlife experience.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Heather & Jenny

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Clear trail - watch tidal movements. Sea lions very accessible.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Gema

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

You can walking for the beach and you can find lionsea and seals, this is wonderful.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ian & Gill Johnson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful to see wildlife up close.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Thomas

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great self guided tour at the beach in the early morning.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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K & J Overton

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Up close to the Hooker SeaLions - could watch them joustin for hours. Nice walk (especially after the rain when all misty).

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Chris el capitan

England

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful spacious expanse of sand feeling of seclusion, close encounter with seals and sea lions.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jess

England

Ranking: 10/10

I can never tire of watching the seals bask in the sun, swim then heave themselves up onto the rocks. Surat Bay good for spotting huge sea lions.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Marshall

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful beach + wildlife sightings (sea lions).

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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nigelst

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Walk through sand dunes on a marked track. The active sea lions are awesome. Don't get too close!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

10 reviews with the most recent first

C Schaap's avatar

C Schaap

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Free wildlife experience.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Heather & Jenny

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Clear trail - watch tidal movements. Sea lions very accessible.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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Gema

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

You can walking for the beach and you can find lionsea and seals, this is wonderful.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ian & Gill Johnson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful to see wildlife up close.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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Thomas

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great self guided tour at the beach in the early morning.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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K & J Overton

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Up close to the Hooker SeaLions - could watch them joustin for hours. Nice walk (especially after the rain when all misty).

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Chris el capitan

England

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful spacious expanse of sand feeling of seclusion, close encounter with seals and sea lions.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jess

England

Ranking: 10/10

I can never tire of watching the seals bask in the sun, swim then heave themselves up onto the rocks. Surat Bay good for spotting huge sea lions.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Award-1-24px Congratulations Surat Bay - Seal Watching

Rankers TravellerVoted Awards 2011 Top Free Seal Experience Winner

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Marshall

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful beach + wildlife sightings (sea lions).

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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nigelst

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Walk through sand dunes on a marked track. The active sea lions are awesome. Don't get too close!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago