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Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

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Address: State Highway 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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wonderful experience, such a unique attraction

This is by far one of the most wonderful places I have been to see. It is so good to see the wee pups playing about in the water. I'm so pleased to see DOC has people watching... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 March 2016
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Masterton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

This is a truly wonderful place for seal pups and we are lucky to be able to observe them. However over easter weekend it was a horrible sight to see tourists crashing through the vegetation down to the stream and crowding around the waterfall pool far too close to the pups. Not only is this clearly causing distress to the... More 

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Dunedin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

This is by far one of the most wonderful places I have been to see. It is so good to see the wee pups playing about in the water. I'm so pleased to see DOC has people watching over the pups so they cannot be harmed in any way.

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Brighton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

There are so many seals! We could have spent hours here. Definitely go if you are planning a trip to Kaikoura - it's unforgettable.

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Right on the main highway. Access to watch the seal pups right on the roadside even the physically impaired could see the pups. We stopped on way north and no-one else was there early in the morning before 8am. Some were busy frolicking in the small pools and some still sleeping on the banks. There were at least 14 pups.... More 

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Plenty of parking at the entrance to the walk; very scenic pathway to the waterfall. The seal pups were so much fun to watch

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Super awesome little walk by a stream to a waterfall that is filled with seal pups! Definitely a highlight of the trip.

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

We saw around 20 pups swimming it the stream right up to the waterfall which is only 10 minutes walk from the car park. Great for kids. Don't forget your camera

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

We visited here when the weather left some what to be desired however it didn't deter us and it was such a cool experience! We saw quite a few along the walk up to the waterfall and only a couple in the waterfall pool itself so make sure you spend time looking around as you walk up so you don't... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Incredible experience to be able to see wildlife so close. The seal pups are literally only meters from you. This is one of the best wildlife experiences I've ever had - and its 100% FREE. (Notice on board says seal pups are only there April-October)

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

While everyone is desperately trying to take photos of seals on the shore, here the pups play right in front of you - in various parts of the stream & waterfall area. They are a real delight to watch in their natural habitat. Short ten minute, easy walk with plenty to see alone the way. (There are a few step,... More 

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