Peninsula Seal Colony, Kaikoura

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Take a short drive out of Kaikoura to explore South Bay's Peninsula Seal Colony. An abundance of well laid-out walkways grant you easy access to the surrounding landscape. Extending about 11.7 km (7.3 mi), it takes about 3 hours to complete. The stars of the peninsula are most definitely the flourishing community of seals going about their daily business and soaking up the sun; keep a respectful distance, however, for your own safety. Dolphins, whales, and crayfish also populate the sea here. A short hike to the Point Kean lookout rewards with a full panoramic view of the bay, Kaikoura town, and the towering snowcapped mountains encircling the area. Put Peninsula Seal Colony and other Kaikoura attractions into our Kaikoura trip app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • September 26, 2017
    5, 6 min. drive from the heart of Kaikoura. Located near the tip of the peninsula. The seals in the wild rock us around in place and, unlike the Zoo, in front of the eyes, but no fence, and is rare in the world where I think. Has reduced the number of visited eight years Buri, but became concerned.
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  • August 23, 2017
    Well worth a visit to this seal colony. Nice big carpark and public toilets. This is the start of the Kaikoura Peninsula walkway. As soon as we arrived we saw seals sleeping on rocks and even the wood...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    A lovely spot, but look out for the seals. Look carefully and they are there! They are very used to people and tolerant of them. It is disappointing to see people continually get too close to get that...  more »

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