New Zealand fur seals oscillate between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. When in the ocean, they are observed both far and near from shore. During the breeding season, however, fur seals spend most of their time along a rocky coastline, especially preferring those areas with an abundance of large boulders, crevices and caves so as to shelter and provide protection for pups. Further, Arctocephalus forsteri prefers areas which are near sheltered water or intertidal pools (Seal Conservation Society).
Aquatic Biomes: coastal