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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  • This was one of my highlights of visiting New Zealand, just to see the seals. There weren't as many of them as I expected, but being able to see only a few of them close up made the two hours I spent ...  more »
  • The November 2016 earthquake has meant that most of the seals now spend most of their time on rocks more offshore. Still visible from the shoreline but you really need binoculars or a telephoto lens o...  more »
  • Something quite therapeutic about watching these lovely seals just basking in the sun! Spent almost 2 hours clambering over rocks going from seal to seal. Was upsetting to see people getting too close...  more »
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