Ok, maybe it isn't all bad to bias things towards the more charismatic megafauna. From our trip to Kaikoura this past weekend for Susan's birthday:
Our hosts at the B&B informed us that the Department of Conservation owns the land on three sides of the pool and is trying to buy the land on the last side so that they can put up barriers to keep folks away from the seals. So, go there while you can!
I love that this kind of thing is a less than a three hour drive from home.