Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

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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. Our Kaikoura route website makes visiting Ohau Point Seal Colony and other Kaikoura attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • October 11, 2017
    I was touring South Island with my two grandsons aged 9 and 10 and had arrived in Kaikoura the day before with a plan to go whale watching. Unfortunately for us the weather was against us and the boat...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    We were there after the earthquake and therefore the seal colony was slightly further out. You had in the Feb. 2017 straight boy - it was just great to watch when playing!
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  • October 2, 2017
    Seals are soaking up the sun at this point. You have to walk close to the water to find them but they are there! You can get pretty close to take some pics and observe them. FAR MORE SEALS if you keep...  more »

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