Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

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#5 of 57 in Sightseeing in Canterbury Region
Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • Due to the repair of highway 1 the driving speed is currently between 20-30kph, with traffic light stops. This gave a great view of there magnificent animals - have your camera ready.  more »
  • Beautiful place, so great to swim next to the seals. Some are afraid of the times should not always s approach them
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  • wonderful place to visit. saw many seals, even a little blue eyed penguin. the land has change since the earthquake, but i feel its easier to walk out to now. its a must see of you want to see some of...  more »

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