Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
At Ohau Point Seal Colony, meet the baby seal pups as they play under a waterfall and swim along the stream. Once nearly wiped out by hunters, these fur seals mature and grow in the safe environs of the stream before they are ready to go hunting in the ocean. Take the Ohau Stream and Waterfall walk to reach the pools where you can closely interact with friendly pups. The colony is located on private land, whose the owners organize guided seal swimming tours in the charming little bays of the peninsula. If you don't feel comfortable in the water, you can watch these lovable creatures from a large float board. To visit Ohau Point Seal Colony and other attractions in Kaikoura, use our Kaikoura vacation trip planner.
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  • One very close approaches in part on the seals. Therefore, photos can be shot with any camera. The colonies are located directly on the street.
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  • There are so many seals here! Both adults and juveniles were around when we were there. You can get fairly close to them, but keep enough distance or they may get defensive. There were also oystercatc...  read more »
  • It is worth the drive north from Kaikoura to see both the waterfall and the seals. Wear sturdy shoes for the little walk if it has been wet as it was quite slippery when we visited. We saw one seal wh...  read more »
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