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Ohau Point Seal Colony

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Address: State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Amazing opportunity to get close up to nature at its best. Seals and their pups laze on the foreshore and the board walk. A wonderful opportunity without the huge cost.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing opportunity to get close up to nature at its best. Seals and their pups laze on the foreshore and the board walk. A wonderful opportunity without the huge cost.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

You can see both adult and young seals resting and playing. It was very windy as we went during winter.

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Christchurc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

For years I drove past this spot never knowing what was at Ohau Point. You always spotted a few deals on the new job, and many more If you stopped and looked out at the colony - but the real gem is up the creek track which goes under the railway line. In winter the young seals move up the... More 

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Newcastle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We were lucky enough to be there early morning when lots of seals were sunny themselves in close. One barked at me because he thought I was disturbing his peace, so I learnt to take my photos from a safe distance.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

we went there and were surpised to see seals crawling on the road literally. great spot with some gud views esp if u do the walk and go uphill with some interesting info there as well

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

It's so convenient to stop as you drive along the coast road. There's plenty of opportunity to view the seals in their natural habitat - so much more appropriate than in some unfortunate zoo or similar. You have to hope you'll be lucky with the numbers but you'll probably not be disappointed. Great for the kids too.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Plenty to see, in a gorgeous setting. Carpark close by, short walk to see plenty of seals in their natural habitat.

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Porirua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is a place for everyone to go and experience the mountains of pure beauty the sun rise and sun set the look outs the seals and especially the dolphins and whale trips even experience their movie theatre love it. Morph Hotel best ever loved it going back again

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Just loved it, well worth the walk from town and their is a BBQ food caravan on the way that do awesome scollops and sea food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Recommended by the motel receptionist we stopped at this tiny little dot on the planet not really knowing what to expect. Took the short walk off the road following the dirt track approx 100 metres - what an experience, a stunning waterfall cascading into a small waterhole the size of a backyard swimming pool and full of baby seals swimming... More 

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Address: Address: State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura

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