Seals are found at many locations around New Zealand's rocky coastline, mostly in the southern section of the country from Wellington to subantarctic islands. Their population is estimated to be 50,000 adults. The Bounty Islands, east of the South Island is home to the largest fur seal colony.
Important North Island locations include: The Bay of Islands, and the North Islands south coast. South Island locations include: Cascade Point, Cape Foulwind, Fiordland, Foveaux Strait, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson coast, Otago Peninsula, and Wekakura Point.