Shag Point is full of history. It was used by the Maori the hunt moas (large New Zealand, flightless birds that became extinct long ago). Later, whalers discovered coal here in the 1830s and were mining for coal from the 1860s to 1970s. Today the flat sandstone platforms of this reserve provide New Zealand fur seals with plenty of area to lounge. Supposedly it is possible to also see whale or dolphins offshore. However, we only saw the fur seals and plenty of gulls.