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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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  • The seals were easy to see at the Kaikorua peninsula and easy to combine with a walk on the peninsula. 
  • Lots of seals visible on the rocks here when you walk round the headland a bit. It's worth going up the zig zag path to see them it's not as steep a climb as it looks. 
  • Lots of seals and pups basking in the sunshine on the rocks, Easy to get quite close to them , as long as you don't try & touch them or get too close to the pups they are fine.