Sandfly Bay is a phenomenal experience. Towering sand dunes descend onto a wide pristine beach. Headlands and coastal rock formations shelter the area from the elements.
Be sure to take a moment to absorb the amazing views of the bay from the viewing platforms.
New Zealand fur seals and sea lions often sunbath on the beach, having a rest before the evening hunting ritual. The endangered yellow-eyed penguins also have a colony here. They generally return from sea in the evenings.
Locals often play games on the flat areas, and some ride down the sand dunes on body boards.
Don’t worry, there are no sand-flies here. The bay was actually named after the sand, which on a windy day would fly down from the tall dunes surrounding the bay.
Towering sand dunes descend onto a wide pristine beach.
- 20 mins