Sandfly Bay



Visit the only mainland albatross colony in the Southern hemisphere, or enjoy walks with spectacular coastal views and a chance to see wildlife.

Visit Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve  – the only mainland colony of albatross in the Southern Hermisphere.

Visit Sandfly Bay Recreation Reserve – remarkable for its native fauna and flora and its spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula coastline and cliff tops. It has seabirds such as spotted shags, sooty shearwaters and variable oystercatchers. New Zealand fur seals/kekeno and New Zealand sea lions/pakake haul out on the rocks and beach and wallow in the sand.

Find things to do and places to stay Otago Peninsula area

See the only mainland colony of albatross in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as other sea birds, at Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve. Penguins and seals can also be seen at Taiaroa Head and on walks on the peninsula.


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