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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  • There were only a handful of seals around this day, but it was nice walking around the rocks and taking photos. The snow-capped mountains in the background made it even more impressive. If you get a c...  more »
  • After a short walk from the car park out to the rocks, there they were basking, barking, swimming and lounging. Magnificent creatures!  more »
  • I loved sharing this adventure with my toddler and husband. It was really cool to be able to walk so close to the seals on the rocks. It felt very safe and the views were beautiful. And it was FREE!  more »

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