Seals on the South Coast

28 July 2009

This is the perfect time of year for a walk or bike ride along the South Coast to check out Wellington's seal colony and one of city's most scenic walkways.

From our new award-winning interpretation centre and car park at the eastern end of Owhiro Bay, it's an eight kilometre round-trip to Te Rimurapa (Sinclair Head) where a large number of male fur seals can be seen dozing on the rocks from May to August.

The track runs along the coast next to the surging waters of Cook Strait. It has fantastic views of the snowy Kaikoura ranges and south Wairarapa coast and passes several historic baches and the striking red boulders and rock face known as Red Rocks (Pariwhero) on the way. Sunday is the best day to go if you don't want to share the route with four-wheel-drives.

Wellington has more than 360 kilometres of tracks and exploring them is a great, free way to keep fit.

Many tracks are exposed, so dress warmly, and be aware that some - including the Skyline Walkway - are muddy in places at the moment.

For more information about tracks and track brochures, check the walkways section or phone (04) 499 4444 and speak to a park ranger.