Shag Point / Matakaea

Shag Point / Matakaea

Yellow Eyed Penguins and Seal Viewing

Reviews

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Harold Booy

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing rocks and lots of seals - very active.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Sam Howard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

Very tricky to get to in a camper. Also did not see any penguins as people were on the beach.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Christina

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Ulrich K

Germany

Ranking: 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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Judy Aspinall

Ranking: 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!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Lee Burdett

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth the 10 minute diversion off the main road. Lots & lots of seals sunbathing on the rocks.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jorg Muller

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Roman and Liz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A lot of seals and you can get very close.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 9/10

A lot of seals but didn't see penguins.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Emma

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY
This free attraction was by far the best thing I did in my 1 month visit to NZ!
Plentiful seals that you can get very close to
A real natural wildlife experience.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2015

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James Webster

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ma Za

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Anne and Steve Bartlett

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Brian

United States

Ranking: 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.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Julien Panossian

France

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Kate Glover

United States

Ranking: 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.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sara Omary

United States

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Patrycja Polakowska

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

Yellow eyed penguins. Lovely experience! Wildlife!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013