The Catlins, Dunedin
Waipapa Point is one of several places along the Catlins Coast where it is possible to see Hooker’s Sea Lions. These endangered animals are found mostly at the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, but a few live on the Otago Peninsula, the Catlins Coast, and on and around Stewart Island. Much larger and more aggressive than the shy New Zealand Fur Seal, these animals require a wide berth. Although they look lazy and harmless as they lounge in the sand, they can move astonishingly fast when necessary and you should never get between them and the ocean. The Catlins also is home to New Zealand Fur Seals, Yellow-eyed and Little Penguins, and scores of other marine animals.