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Penguin + Seal Viewing. Time: From 20 mins to 1 hour

Head along the beach from the famous boulders to the lesser known Moeraki lighthouse. Located at the end of Lighthouse Road in Moeraki, the lighthouse is dates back to 1876 and is still in use.

The coastline boasts fur seals, shags and Yellow-eyed penguins (Hoiho). Keep a respectful distance from the wildlife, seals can move pretty quickly when they want!

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Ivanova R

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great for seal viewing.

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Lili Souris

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice short walk. A lot of seals and yellow-eyed penguins!

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Lisa

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Easily accessible, free, great!!

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Ludo and Cha

France

Ranking: 10/10

We missed the turn off to our campsite and turned to a lighthouse driveway. At the far end, a beautiful free and wild reserve where you can walk to seals and penguins 'home'. Magic!!

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Boukje Diijkstra

Ranking: 10/10

More than a hundred seals swimming, playing and lying around. You can see them from above (20-30 metres), but some of them were lying in the grass and you could walk along side them. Also four penguins, fantastic! Very windy at some places.

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Georg H.

Austria

Ranking: 3/10

What a disappointing place! The description says it's lesser known than the Moeraki Boulders. In the end it was totally crowded with much more people than at the Boulders. Lots of people and families. Was there at 5:30pm... Fences everywhere so you can't really get close to whatever you want to see. Another sign that too many people are visiting this place. The hidden penguin lookout was also closed. For me it was a 1/10, because I went there for seeing penguins, but rated with 3 because at least you can see seals there (which you can see at several other places in the Otago area with fewer people). Would not recommend this place, what a waste of time.

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Eva

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was a short DOC walk to a lighthouse and a location with many sealions, penguins and seabirds. You could go to the sealions (seals?) up to 4-5 metres away! It was great!

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 10/10

Penguins and seals. Very nice place but it was sooo windy.

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Dianne van der Wal

Ranking: 9/10

This area is worth the visit, stunning views. Many seals around!!

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Bartlomiej Berger

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Free watching of the penguins (yellow eyed), in wildlife, exciting, gravel road to get there.

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Markus Johannes

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

This is a magical place with seals and a yellow eyed penguin colony. You can get very close to the penguins but please: do not disturb them and please leave at least a small donation!

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Danica Vrsaljko

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Yellow Eyed Penguins! A lot of them, also a very beautiful spot.

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Matthias Thorn

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Drive to the end of the gravel road and walk down the hill. They try to reafforest the area whith native plants and trees. Maybe it is the second best place to spot yellow-eyed pinguins. And you con spot other Birds and sea-lions on the rocks and beaches. The Lighthous itself is not worth to be mentioned.

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