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Ohau Point Seal Colony

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State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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FREE highlight of Kaikoura

How amazing to simply walk from the road onto the rocks and visit with the fur seals in their... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Canuck20yearsabroad
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Waterloo, Canada
Highlight of a walk in Kaikoura

We visited this seal colony as part of a long loop walk and really enjoyed being able to be so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
relax-eat-swim360
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“on the rocks” (112 reviews)
“seal colony” (117 reviews)
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State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

How amazing to simply walk from the road onto the rocks and visit with the fur seals in their natural habitat. They were not bothered at all by the visitors, in fact, many were quite curious. Just keep to the 10 metre recommended distance. We...More

Thank Canuck20yearsabroad
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this seal colony as part of a long loop walk and really enjoyed being able to be so close to seals in their natural habitat. It's a great free attraction which is safe for people of all ages (so long as they don't...More

Thank relax-eat-swim360
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to see the seals have returned. When the tide is high some will even come right up to the boardwalk and it’s so lovely to watch them. Please keep the 10-20m distance though. It’s sad to see dozens of people surrounding a seal up...More

1  Thank freerthanyou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Heaps of seals to spot depending on your luck. Easy access from side of road. Don't go too close just use zoom & leave them to their business. I could watch them for hours!!

Thank sherbsfamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is so sad what used to be a major highlight of the South Islands east coast is now a landslip and not a Seal for miles.

1  Thank bugsey23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have a relax time walking around and have a close look at the seal family. Please do care about the tide info to avoid get wet.

Thank Carolynkang
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wildlife photographers can try their hand at the seals. Try to use telephoto lens instead of getting too close to the seal. 85mm is good enough to have a closeup shot of them.

Thank AlvinZhang
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderful walk. You can take juste the view or decide to do the loop walk (3h) starting from the sea level and finishing from the top. Really worth the time

Thank hamelinp1972
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Turn into Kaikoura town itself on the main street, go up past the Information Centre and keep going for approximately 1km at the end of the road. Park in the carpark, some seals near there, then continue of foot towards the south, surface somewhat uneven...More

2  Thank rosspkeane
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We saw plenty of seals including some pups, some from very close. What an amazing experience. You must go for a walk on the peninsula walkway and experience this!

Thank ghanbg
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SingaporeAndrew
19 November 2017|
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Response from Old V | Reviewed this property |
The coastal road, SH1, is open and you can drive straight through from Christchurch.
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vnnylean
21 May 2017|
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Response from john w | Reviewed this property |
Not t sure about best times we went twice when the tide was out and saw lots of seals
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