Shag Point / Matakaea

Shag Point / Matakaea

Yellow Eyed Penguins and Seal Viewing

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18 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

14 Seal Watching

7 Penguin Watching

1 Palmerston

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Organisation

DOC Southland

Central government organisation

Location

South IslandCoastal OtagoPalmerston

Categories

  • Seal Watching
  • Penguin Watching
  • Free

Reviews

  • 18 Rankers Reviews

    Quick Quotes

    • Amazing rocks and lots of seals - very active.
    • Very tricky to get to in a camper.
    • A lot of seals and you can get very close.
    • Seals, sea lions, penguins, oh my!
    • A lot of seals but didn't see penguins.

    Rating Distribution

    Rating Count Percentage
    10/10 9
    50%
    9/10 5
    28%
    8/10 2
    11%
    7/10 1
    6%
    6/10 0
    0%
    5/10 0
    0%
    4/10 1
    6%
    3/10 0
    0%
    2/10 0
    0%
    1/10 0
    0%
  • Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

    10/10

    Amazing rocks and lots of seals - very active.

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    Harold Booy

    Canada

  • Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

    4/10

    Very tricky to get to in a camper.

    Also did not see any penguins as people were on the beach.

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    Sam Howard

    United Kingdom

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

    9/10

    Nice view, easy to find, we had a beautiful sunny day.

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    Christina

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

    9/10

    We were at first disappointed at the viewing house for the Yellow Eyed Penguins but you can also go to right along the fence before the house.

    A Yellow Eyed Penguin came and sat right beside us.

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    Ulrich K

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago

    10/10

    Seals, sea lions, penguins, oh my!

    Sunbathing, frolicking in the water and hamming it up for photos. Take the road to the lighthouse. Don't miss this!

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    Judy Aspinall

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago

    10/10

    Well worth the 10 minute diversion off the main road.

    Lots & lots of seals sunbathing on the rocks.

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    Lee Burdett

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2016

    10/10

    Quiet place with a lot of seals and penguins, definitely worth it.

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    Jorg Muller

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

    9/10

    A lot of seals and you can get very close.

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    Roman and Liz

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago

    9/10

    A lot of seals but didn't see penguins.

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    Max Brunner

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2015

    10/10

    This free attraction was by far the best thing I did in my 1 month visit to NZ!

    DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY

    Plentiful seals that you can get very close to

    A real natural wildlife experience.

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    Emma

    Australia

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago

    10/10

    Brilliant place to see seals, you can get super close without disturbing them.

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    James Webster

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago

    7/10

    A bit nervous driving the 4berth van down the road, but got to see some seals.

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    Ma Za

    Australia

  • Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

    8/10

    Off Main Road #1, lots of seals and great views.

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    Anne and Steve Bartlett

    Australia

  • Reviewed over 8 years ago

    9/10

    Great place to see the penguins coming in from the sea.

    We were there around 8 P.M. and saw about half a dozen of them come in. Nice blind to watch from. The trail is a little on the steep side.

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    Brian

    United States

  • Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

    8/10

    It is near Moeraki, lots of seals, with the sun it is perfect.

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    Julien Panossian

    France

  • Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

    10/10

    Donation is requested but not mandatory, saw dozens of yellow-eyed penguins, including fluffy chick and they were pretty cute.

    Even saw them up close.

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    Kate Glover

    United States

  • Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

    10/10

    Beautiful beach and cliffside plus we could have literally walked up and touched a fur seal.

    Perfect.

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    Sara Omary

    United States

  • Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

    10/10

    Yellow eyed penguins.

    Lovely experience! Wildlife!

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    Patrycja Polakowska

    Poland