Wellington’s Turakirae Head at the southern end of the Remutaka Range is a unique habitat for native birds, reptiles and most notably kekeno, or New Zealand fur seals.
The colony here first began in 1950 and has increased to become the largest kekeno haul-out on the South Wellington coast.
Up to 500 seals can be found here during the peak winter months, but they can be spotted on the rocks year-round.
Take a wind-buffeted walk along the wild southern shores to explore this rugged promontory.
The craggy coastline here is also internationally significant for its five separate earthquake-raised beaches which show the continuous record of geological upheaval over the last 7,000 years.
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