Head into the unspoiled wilds along the island’s southern coast in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, where you will observe a thriving colony of fur seals in their natural habitat.
Departing from the pier, you will soon take off in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle specifically designed for traversing rugged terrain. The landscape surrounding Wellington is wonderfully wild, so you can expect an immensely scenic ride.
Traveling southwest, you will follow a fault line that runs the length of the North Island, providing you with spectacular views of majestic mountains and even the South Island across Cook Strait. At Tongue Point, a rocky spit of land that juts into the sea, you will drive onto the beach to observe a thriving colony of fur seals.
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, fur seals have made a steady comeback since being protected by law in 1978. Distinguished by their visible external ears and pointy whiskered snouts, the animals are quite social.
While their thick layers of fat and fur allow them to endure long periods of time in the water, fur seals can overheat on land so they often head back into the sea. A typical dive may last between one to two minutes, although fur seals can remain underwater for as long as eleven minutes. Being carnivorous, they feed on fish, squid and octopus.
You will spend more than two hours watching the animals playfully interact before retracing your route back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is over sandy beach and rocky surfaces. Your 4-wheel-drive vehicle will travel over off-road tracks and bumpy terrain; therefore is it not recommended for those with back, neck or hip problems. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as the path to the beach area does require negotiation over rocks. Casual clothing, flat, sturdy walking shoes and a light jacket or raincoat is recommended. There are no toilet facilities either en route or at the beach. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.