Turakirae Head

Wellington's largest fur seal colony, geologically significant through its earthquake-raised beaches.

Popular for surfcasting, diving and surfing, it's a 45 mintue walk to Turakirae Head and the fur seal colony. The colony began in 1950 and has steadily increased since then to become the largest haul out on the south Wellington coast. Fur seals are present in highest numbers during winter where you can see up to 500 of them. Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve also provides habitat for a variety of native birds and reptiles.  

  • This track is part of the Remutaka Cycle Trail 
  • Check out nearby Baring Head Lighthouse
  • Keep an eye out for remains of '1855 shellfish' 

The public road ends 3km before Turakirae Head. Park at the carpark 300m before the end of the public road. From the carpark, walk along the road and over the Orongorongo River Bridge. 


End of Coast Road,
Lower Hutt


For more information: Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve 
Department of Conservation Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve brochure