Wildlife

Oamaru, Moeraki Boulders and Shag point

4 million years old spherical boulders lying along the Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand.

Oamaru, Moeraki and Shag point lie between Christchurch and Dunedin on the east coast of New Zealand's south island.

Why should you go there

As with the Catlins and Dunedin, you are passing by while on the way from Christchurch to Fiordland. So take a break from driving and enjoy the rugged coast line, its wildlife, the famous Moeraki Boulders and one of the most bizarre museums on the planet.
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Activities in the Catlins area, New Zealand

Experience the rugged cost of the Catlins at Nugget Point. Home to Seals and Yellow-eyed penguins.

The Catlins, is an area located in the southeastern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. It is home to Slope Point, the South Island's southernmost point. Heavy ocean swells attract big-wave surfers and have also caused numerous shipwrecks in the past.

Featuring a scenic coastal landscape and dense temperate rainforest it is habitat to different species of birds and mammals.

Why should you go there?

The Catlins area combines relaxing at the beach and watching wildlife. Among others, the rare yellow-eyed penguin, fur seals and sea lions.
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Surviving wildlife encounters in Africa

Average human fatalities per species and comparison of threat level among species.

If you ever wondered about the odds of being killed while watching wildlife in Africa and want to know which animal is the most dangerous, the following infographic will provide the details.

How to read it

For each species, the graphic shows the average number of people killed per year. Using our derived threat level it also shows how dangerous an animal is in comparison to its competitors in the wild.
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Free wildlife watching in New Zealand

If you know where to go, New Zealand allows you to watch seals, sea lions, penguins and even dolphins in their natural environment for free. And best of all. If you are really lucky you even get to swim with dolphins and seals. 

We also list some non-free locations as these might - depending on your travel plans or weather condition - increase your chance of watching animals.
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