IntroductionWalk to Sandfly Bay and combine coastal views with wildlife viewing - kids will love the sand dunes and can earn a Kiwi Guardians medal here too.
560 m return via same track
Part of Sandfly Bay Wildlife Refuge is closed from 1 November to 28 February to protect wildlife in the area. From the viewing platform, follow the signs to access the beach.
Take a stroll down the path through farmland to the viewing platform. Enjoy the breath-taking views of Sandfly Bay, the coastline and the wild ocean. Continue down the track which progresses down the sandhill on to the beach. Take care as erosion can damage the sandhill making some parts difficult to walk.
Turn off Highcliff Road onto Seal Point Road. The track begins at the Sandfly Bay carpark at the end of this road.
Don't leave valuables in your car – there have been break-ins.
Swimming can be dangerous where there are strong winds and currents.
Track crosses private land – stay on formed track.
There may be stock – do not disturb and keep your distance.
New Zealand fur seals/kekeno and New Zealand sea lions/rāpoka haul out on the rocks and beach and wallow in the sand. Keep at least 20 m away from sleeping sea lions and if you are in a group don't surround them. Seals and sea lions may look placid but they are powerful, wild predators and can be very dangerous if they are approached too closely.
Other seabirds such as spotted shags, sooty shearwaters and variable oystercatchers are also based in the area.