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Tonga Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

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Viewing the seals up close, amazing

Our bus took us to a parking lot and a trail that led to the seal colony. This was a different view then seeing the seals from the catamaran. There was an overlook to see the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bracha K
Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our bus took us to a parking lot and a trail that led to the seal colony. This was a different view then seeing the seals from the catamaran. There was an overlook to see the seals, mothers and babes up close. Be sure to have your camera ready.

Thank Bracha K
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Just great place to visit and sea seal pups up close. They came and swam with us in kayaks and played alongside us....priceless and a must do. We went with Marahau Sea Kayaks and our guide Sarah was EXCELLENT!

1 Thank MHIChris
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The protected waters around the island have a seal colony, with seals lazing on rocks in the day, but sometimes out playing or swimming.

Thank happysheepChina
Bubenreuth, Germany
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Seals occupy the shorelines of Tonga Islands in the dozens, probably even hundreds. Their babys were born when I visited end of December and you could hear them cry. The shoreline can be seen either from one of the water taxi's or if you go on a sea-kayaking tour. Later one being the more personal option.

Thank Meike V
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Paradise but the two nights we were at Onetahuti beach, saw two lots of Germans campers trying to cook up mussels off the beach. Maybe needs better signage that it is a marine reserve.

Thank kamisama2014
Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Hire a kayak and explore the shores of Tonga Island while keeping an eye on wildlife. You can spot seals and seabirds... I have seen a Reef Heron in these waters.

Thank Ta J
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

We went in winter and it was still wonderful weather. the water was cold, so we did a boat ride, but it was amazing scenery.

Thank c m
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 April 2016

A new marine reserve in wonderful location. We did not get chance to dive or snorkel there unfortunately.

Thank Mark C
Albany, Australia
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

There are lots of kayaking tours in the Abel Tasman area, and we opted for one that took us from Tonga Island to Bark Bay. Lots of wildlife to be seen, especially seals, but also some penguins. On the day we visited it was sunny and calm, and it was amazing to be out on the water. Beautiful place to... More 

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Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Flawless! Well looked after and respected by locals. Although there are quite a few people who come here during the season it is always made evident that respect is needed around the reserve. Surrounding beaches are spectacular! Such a beautiful and peaceful place.

1 Thank Amelia H

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