Nature and Wildlife Sandfly Bay

Towering sand dunes descend onto a pristine white sandy beach.
Home of fur seals and sea lions, as well as nesting yellow-eyed penguins.

Sandfly Bay is a phenomenal experience. Towering sand dunes descend onto a wide beach. Headlands and coastal rock formations shelter the area from the elements.

The track down starts at the carpark, and begins with a well maintained trail over farmland, then descends onto a sandy track through the sand dunes. Be sure to take a moment to absorb the amazing views of the bay from the viewing platforms on the way down. Also be aware the road down is generally much easier than the same road back up.

New Zealand fur seals and sea lions are usually found sunbathing on the beach, having a rest before the evening hunting ritual. Do keep your distance and respect our wildlife.

The endangered yellow-eyed penguins also have a colony here. They are frequently seen arriving from sea in the evenings. Avoid approaching them and their nesting grounds as they are timid and easily threatened.

Locals often play games on the flat areas, and some ride down the sand dunes on body boards. The beach also provides a different perspective of Lion’s Head Rock, an offshore island resting beyond the waves.

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.

A playground for local fur seals and sea lions. Please keep your distance as recommended and be ready to get out of the way as they come out of the ocean… they are much faster than they look.

Duration:
1 hour
Fitness Level:
Moderate
Facilities:
Portaloo
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