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Seal Coast Safari: Half Day Seal Coast Safari

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.

 

10.00am

Pick-up passengers at Wellington Visitor Information Centre (i-SITE)

10.15am

Toilet stop available on request

10.20am

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.

10.30am

Enter private farm land, Long Gully Station

Vehicles enter 4WD mode.

10.30am

Travel alongside ZEALANDIA’s predator-proof fence

10.35am

View of up to 6 farm ostriches

10.40am

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.

10.45am

Continue travel through Long Gully Station

See a variety of animals including wild goats, deer, etc.

11.05am

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.

11.10am

Arrive at the coastline

Travel along the sand and rocks, past quaint seaside ‘baches’ 

11.15am

Windy Bay

Lunar landscape – traverse around towering sand dunes

11.20am

4WD crossing of Karori Stream

(low water levels in Summer time)

11.30am

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

12.00pm

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

12.10pm

Cross small stream known as Weta Creek

12.25am

Sinclair Head seal colony for extra views of more seals

Travel through the well-known ‘Devils Gate’

12.35pm

Renowned Red Rocks

12.40pm

Cross two small streams – Spooky Creek and Red Rocks Creek

12.45pm

Toilet stop available on request

1.00pm

Drop-off passengers at i-SITE

 

Tour Departures:

10.00am and 1.30pm daily

Departure Point: 

i-SITE Visitor Centre, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Pick-ups:

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.