Turakirae Head is a promontory on the southern coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is located at the western end of Palliser Bay, 20 kilometres southeast of Wellington, at the southern end of the Rimutaka Ranges. The head is an excellent example of tectonic uplift within the Wellington region. There are a series of raised terraces which show where the beach has been prior to a seismic event. Turakirae Head is also home to a seal colony.