Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Park

New Plymouth

About 1km offshore, these rugged islets (Ngā Motu in Māori) are eroded volcanic remnants, offering refuge for 10,000 sea birds and a colony of NZ fur seals. Most seals come here from June to October, but some stay year-round. Visibility can reach up to 20m in summer and autumn, making this a popular diving spot. The i-SITE can advise on kayak hire, or you can take a tour.

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