Seal Colony Tour Details

Want to know more about Akaroa Seal Colony Safari?

Departure Time + Duration

Safaris depart from the Akaroa Information Centre (80 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa) from the beginning of October to the end of April at 9:30am and 1:00pm. The safari takes between 2½ and 3 hours to complete. Bookings must be made in advance. We reserve the right to cancel safaris if weather conditions are unsuitable.

Group Size 

Safari groups include between two and six people. We restrict numbers to make the tour experience a personal one and minimise any impact on the environment.

Recommended Clothing

Please bring sound footware and a warm jacket - the wind can get chilly on the coastline at times.


We will travel through private property to the seal colony in an air conditioned four wheel drive coach, passing spectacular views of the countryside unavailable to other tourists.

Paua Bay, location of Akaroa Seal Colony Safari
Frolicking fur seals at Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

Photo by Margaret and Paul Sikora

At The Colony

The coach parks within 50 metres of the seals themselves. A short walk around the rocky cliff shoreline permits closer observation of the colony in its natural, undisturbed state. For those less inclined to walking the cliff base, ample opportunity exists to observe the colony from the relative comfort of large smooth surfaced rocks, strategically placed by nature some 10 metres from the coach park.


Complementary light refreshments are provided at the colony site.

Learn more about New Zealand Fur Seals, see photos of the tour or find out about Akaroa.

Cuppa and muffin at Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

Photo by Margaret and Paul Sikora

How Do I Book?

Booking is easy.

Inquisitive New Zealand Fur Seal at Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

Photo by Margaret and Paul Sikora

Group of New Zealand Fur Seals at Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

Photo by Sjoerd and Doreen Nienhuys