Shag Point Nature Reserve

Shag Point Nature Reserve, Palmerston: Address, Shag Point Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

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Kiwiseley
Auckland Central, New Zealand390 contributions
May 2022
Hadn't been to shag point before so made point of visiting. The reserve has plenty of parking. We decided to go for the short walk towards the sea and were sauntering along when I nearly stepped onto a seal basking in the grass. On further inspection there were others nearby, so we gave them a wide berth and carried on.
When we got to then end of the path we peered over the edge and startled about four seals which were on a ledge below. They rushed away into the water and swam at speed to get clear of us. There must have been another twenty of so which were not bothered by us.
Written 21 May 2022
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand784 contributions
Dec 2021
Stunning spot to with lovely views over the rocks to the sea. Saw plenty of shags in flight and even more seals sunning themselves on the rocks. Well worth the short drive from the main road.
Written 7 December 2021
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Toni-Wayne
Christchurch, New Zealand457 contributions
Jan 2021
Well worth a short drive off state highway one to check out the seals. From the car park, it’s a 3 min walk too see them basking in the sun and playing in the sea.
Written 9 January 2021
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Lorraine C
Auckland Central, New Zealand992 contributions
Sep 2020
Got to the car park and the sign said 5 minute walk. 30 seconds latter you are at the Seal vantage point, so really easy to get to. And there are hundreds of Seals to watch and take photos of. Spent a bit of time watching nature, very relaxing.
Written 24 September 2020
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Roman W
Zürich107 contributions
Mar 2020
Take a long lens and if you are lucky wih the weather, you will definitely get some perfect Pictures of furred seals. Depending on the Season, you will see the Young ones playing arround while the older ones just sleep..easy to Access by car and just some meeters avay from the car park.
Written 15 March 2020
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Bernard R
Whangarei, New Zealand1,047 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Just a very short drive off State Highway 1 not far south of Oamaru this place is well worth a visit. A short two minute walk from the car park opens up onto flat rocky outcrops adjacent to the sea, where seals are basking and playing together close enough to photograph. Make the effort you will not be disappointed.
Written 5 March 2020
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JCB
Purmerend, The Netherlands707 contributions
Nov 2019
After the Moeraki Boulders and on our way to Dunedin we stopped at Shag Point, hoping to see some fur seals. Acces is easy. There's a car park (free of charge) and then you just walk on a path towards the cliffs and keep your eyes out. It takes some effort to actually spot them, for the seals blend in with their background. We saw one sleeping and one rolling around in seaweed. Not that far away even. Besides that, this place looks really nice, with the brown cliffs with green seaweed and dark blue waters. Take your time and enjoy.
Written 13 February 2020
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Stacey L
Canberra, Australia186 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Rugged coastline with a few viewing points to watch seals do their thing. The car park is close by and the point is easy to find.
Written 5 February 2020
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,072 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
So many seals on this reserve. You stand above the seal on the cliff line only 3 to 4 meters away from some of the. Well worth the stop.
Written 17 January 2020
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AniSure
Singapore, Singapore12 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We went to shag point while on the way to Tekapo. It was just about 5-10mins on gravel road off the main highway. Upon arriving at the picnic spot of Shag Point, I thought we had to walk further up to see some seals but there they were frolicking in the sun. 2 very near the picnic benches and a couple of others on the rocks below. One was so playful and kept running towards us. Just be careful when you do go there, respect these animals and do not go too near. And please do not feed them. They are wild. Also, do take note that this area is in the midst of a quiet neighbourhood so respect their space and enjoy watching the NZ Fur seals.
Written 21 December 2019
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