Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

#5 of 53 in Things to do in Kaikoura
Landmark · Tourist Spot
At Ohau Point Seal Colony, meet the baby seal pups as they play under a waterfall and swim along the stream. Once nearly wiped out by hunters, these fur seals mature and grow in the safe environs of the stream before they are ready to go hunting in the ocean. Take the Ohau Stream and Waterfall walk to reach the pools where you can closely interact with friendly pups. The colony is located on private land, whose the owners organize guided seal swimming tours in the charming little bays of the peninsula. If you don't feel comfortable in the water, you can watch these lovable creatures from a large float board. Our Kaikoura route website makes visiting Ohau Point Seal Colony and other Kaikoura attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I always stop her = the view is incredible and the ability to watch nature act out 'Daily Life', absorbing and enchanting.  more »
  • Just by driving along the coast you see hundreds of seals lazing in the sun. Some seem to be posers for you and wave their flippers.  more »
  • Nice walk tracks. Friendly seals. You will need a proper footwear to walk on the seabed as some part of it is a trip hazard. There is a clean toilet facility here. Plenty of parking right in front where the seals rest. I recommend going up to the viewpoint at the top of the hill via the walkway.
  • 100% chance to see wild seals in their natural habitat here. Not a few but a lot. 10 to 15 minutes walk to the colony. Easy but should watch your steps and be aware of some dead birds and seals. A must visit in Kaikoura.

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