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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. By using our Kaikoura trip itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Peninsula Seal Colony and other attractions in Kaikoura.
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  • Easy walking( with sturdy shoes) on to the rocks to get close up to large seals. They are very friendly. We also saw a lone penguin nearby and Dolphins in the bay. Well worth a look 
  • Since the earthquake in November the sea bed has risen so the walk out to where the seals are is a bit further than it use to be. However if you're willing to walk out over the rocks there are plenty ...  more »
  • We went down in the late afternoon and after a short walk we found quite a large number of seals in and around the rocks. Plenty of seal pups diving into the rock pools.