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Just minutes from the city centre lies nature’s playground! Wild animals, wind turbines, snow-capped mountains of the South and New Zealand Fur Seals. Qualmark endorsed visitor activity with seals guaranteed!
Half Day Seal Coast Safari (3 hours)
Just minutes from the city centre lies nature’s playground!
You’ll connect with the ‘real New Zealand’ during your breathtaking 3-hour Seal Coast Safari. To get to the ‘Seal Coast’ you’ll travel through private land, not accessible by the public, in powerful, off-road vehicles. See animals including ostriches, goats, and deer. Marvel at the snow-capped mountains of the South, and take in stunning views of Wellington.
Stories abound as we drive for 20 rugged kilometers along the beach to Tongue Point – home to a colony of amazing New Zealand fur seals. Enjoy tea, coffee and a muffin with the seals and take in the beauty of their natural habitat, experiencing the crashing waves and the famous Leaning Lighthouse. Listen to local stories and relax before the homeward journey around the bays and past the spectacular Red Rocks.
Seal Coast Safari has been providing guests with exhilarating, exclusive access to the BEST SCENERY in Wellington for over 17 years. A Qualmark endorsed visitor activity with seals guaranteed all year round, this truly is a New Zealand nature experience not to be missed!
Seal Coast Safari Timeline
Please see below for the timeline of a morning Seal Coast Safari. Afternoon safaris are identical to the morning, with the start time being 1.30pm.
Pick-up passengers at Wellington Visitor Information Centre (i-SITE)
Toilet stop available on request
10 minute stop at Brooklyn Wind Turbine
Welcoming talk by the leader of the Safari. Great photo opportunities as we have extensive views of Wellington City, Wellington Harbour and the Cook Strait.
Enter private farm land, Long Gully Station
Vehicles enter 4WD mode.
Travel alongside ZEALANDIA’s predator-proof fence
View of up to 6 farm ostriches
Hawkins Hill Radar Station (500 metres above sea level)
Extensive views of the snow-capped mountains of the South Island, Wellington’s southern coastline, the Cook Strait, seascapes etc. Looking down on Terawhiti Station and its wind farm.
Continue travel through Long Gully Station
See a variety of animals including wild goats, deer, etc.
Commence descent to coastline along picturesque track with extensive views of the coastline
Lord of the Rings highlight – see cliffs used in Lord of the Rings filming.
Arrive at the coastline
Travel along the sand and rocks, past quaint seaside ‘baches’
Lunar landscape – traverse around towering sand dunes
4WD crossing of Karori Stream
(low water levels in Summer time)
Arrive at Tongue Point seal colony
Half hour stop with tea, coffee and gourmet muffins provided. Views of Leaning Lighthouse, rugged coastline, Cook Strait and South Island
Leave Tongue Point for return journey along South Coast
Note: The whole Safari is a round-trip so the journey to the seals is different from the journey back to the city
Cross small stream known as Weta Creek
Sinclair Head seal colony for extra views of more seals
Travel through the well-known ‘Devils Gate’
Renowned Red Rocks
Cross two small streams – Spooky Creek and Red Rocks Creek
Drop-off passengers at i-SITE
10.00am and 1.30pm daily
i-SITE Visitor Centre, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Available from central city accommodation, for morning Safari only.
Includes tea, coffee and a gourmet muffin
No walking involved
No special clothing required
All weather. Please note, while every effort will be made to deliver the tour as advertised, weather and other conditions may lead to route changes.