Trip Planner: South Pacific / New Zealand / South Island / West Coast Region / Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) / Lake Moeraki / Monro Beach
See one of the world's rarest penguin species at Monro Beach, bordered by lowland and wetland rainforests. Fiordland crested penguins are best seen here between August and November-- you can also spot fur seals, sea lions, and even Hector's dolphins, the world's smallest dolphins. A walk through a dense forest will take you to this calm bay, where you can collect shells and join a guided tour to see glowing worms after dark. A visit to Monro Beach represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Lake Moeraki trip itinerary builder tool to plot your vacation.
Monro Beach Reviews
The main claim to fame for this walk is that it leads to a penguin colony. But it's a really nice walk anyway, through rainforest, and the pebble beach is beautiful. Not guaranteed to see a... more »
If you are traveling to or from Franz Josef and Wanaka or Queenstown you can stop on the west coast and do the Monro Beach hike. It takes about 1.5 hours round trip and the hike is mostly flat with..... more »
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