Peninsula Seal Colony, Kaikoura

4.7
#7 of 17 in Wildlife in Kaikoura
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.
Create an itinerary including Peninsula Seal Colony
map
Peninsula Seal Colony Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
229 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful place and wild on a windy day. A sea lion posing as a diva under the shots of the few tourists. Another left back ran onto the rocks to reach the set.
    View original
  • We discovered the seals when driving along the coast and loved the location and it’s wildness. Lots of seals around but a pity some people go much too close to them. Well worth a visit here.  more »
  • Not a lot of seals to see up close but the amazing thing to see was the difference in the sea bed and how much it had risen due to the recent quakes. Mother nature sure is a force.  more »

Plan your trip to Kaikoura

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Kaikoura

As a small town, Kaikoura has a limited number of accommodations, yet it offers a diverse choice for those who stay here. Hotels and motels line the waterfront, while RV parks and hostels are available farther back from the sea. Pre-booking is recommended during peak seasons.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Kaikoura by other users

4 days in Kaikoura & Christchurch BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, kids, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 51 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM BERMUDA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA January, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM HUNGARY December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM HONG KONG March, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans