Shag Point/ Matakaea Reserve

Shag Point/Matakaea Reserve is a great spot for wildlife viewing and is part of a geologically curios and intriguing coastline.


New Zealand fur seals can normally be seen in good numbers on the rock selves around Shag Point. There are two short seal-viewing walks where visitors can watch the seals swimming, playing, sleeping and basking in the sun. please stick to the tracks so you don't disturb the seals.

Shag Point also has interesting early Maori history, is a former coal mining area and features some interesting geological features and formations. New Zealand's largest dinosaur fossil (a 7m plesiosaur) was also discovered on the rock shelves of Shag Point (which now resides in the Otago Museum in Dunedin).

There is a designated picnic area just before the reserve entrance, however, camping is not permitted. Strictly no dogs allowed.

Physical Address

Shag Point Road - off SH1
Shag Point, Palmerston