Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, Westport: Address, Tauranga Bay Seal Colony Reviews: 4.5/5

Tauranga Bay Seal Colony
4.5
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Paul P
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
windy west coast
Apr 2021
we walked along the coastal track to the seal colony on a windy day but it made the walk exciting and the sea was stormy giving a great atmosphere
Written 20 April 2021
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DJandR
Wanaka, New Zealand439 contributions
A must do in Westport
Mar 2021
Fantastic walk from carpark up to Tauranga Bay seal colony, lots of information boards. Wide walkways and viewing platforms.
We were saddened by the lack of seals 2x adults and numerous pups. The pups were having a lot of fun in the pools of water and clambering around the rocks. We last visited 26 years ago and there is a marked difference in the number of seals.
Great parking and clean toilets. A must do in Westport.
Written 10 March 2021
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vernon x
Auckland Central, New Zealand72 contributions
well worth a visit
Mar 2021
Good area to park the car. Toilet in carpark. The walk to the seal colony is easy and only about 10-15 minutes. Viewing platform is large and offers amazing views of seals and majestic waves crashing onto rocks in the bay.
Written 5 March 2021
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67arda
North Shore, New Zealand160 contributions
spectacular
Dec 2020
so special to visit here, after a stunning drive, and gorgeous walk Cape Foulwind, very precious ,west coasts' magic
Written 9 January 2021
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littlebigbear
Tauranga, New Zealand70 contributions
Well worth it
Dec 2020 • Family
Did the walk which started near the lighthouse then took you to the seals and back. Great views of the rugged coastline and the seals. Found some geocaches on the way. Ice cream available at the seal end. It’s sad for local business that there are less tourists but has meant a more enjoyable trip for us crowd adverse New Zealanders.
Written 30 December 2020
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Penny H
53 contributions
Seals
Nov 2020
A lovely short walk and then there are seals. Could stand and watch them for ages. Definitely something to check out while in the area and free as well
Written 21 December 2020
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Jaroslav Nečas
Brno, Czech Republic916 contributions
Short hike and many seals
Dec 2019
Best viewpoint to observe the colony is approximatelly 1km from the car lot. I was surprised how many seals are in the colony as they are not easy to spot due to similar color as stones have.
Written 24 November 2020
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ReeDee77
Christchurch, New Zealand29 contributions
So many seals!
Sep 2020
Easy walk to the colony and heaps of parking for campers. At first glance you can't see the seals but they blend really well into their surroundings!! There are HEAPS of them hanging out on rocks and sunning themselves. So well worth a visit.
Written 27 September 2020
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand389 contributions
Nice to watch them basking in the sun
Jul 2020
Not far from the carpark at Tauranga bay, the seals are nice to watch for half an hour. At first you dont think there are any there until they move as they blend in with the rocks. Loads of them were lying on the rocks in the sun and until they moved of made a noise they just looked like rocks. We stopped counting at 30. Fun to watch them going out to sea and coming back in again. Walkway was easy to navigate and good amount of parking available and a toilet too. Picnic tables available also.
Written 18 July 2020
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GaryandLesleyTravel
Auckland Central, New Zealand4,897 contributions
Easy walk from the car park
Jun 2020 • Couples
From the Tauranga Bay car park the NZ Fur Seal colony is just a 10min walk each way. If you have the time stay on the path to follow the Cape Foulwind coastal walk that is breathtaking. On reaching the high point you will be able to see the lighthouse and Karamea while looking back you have views down the coast to Mt Cook. The walk from the seals to the lighthouse is 40mins each way, the walk from the seals to the view point half of that. #nzforfree
Written 3 June 2020
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