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

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So much fun to watch!

We loved stopping alongside the road and watching all of these cute little creatures playing in the surf and on the rocks. We saw lots of splashing, chasing, sunning, and even... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

We loved stopping alongside the road and watching all of these cute little creatures playing in the surf and on the rocks. We saw lots of splashing, chasing, sunning, and even babies feeding from their moms. So much fun to see! (Be sure also to check out the Seal trail with the waterfall ending, it is just 3-5 minute drive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

It was brilliant to be able to get so close to seals in the wild. Lots of seals sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sea.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The Ohau Point seal colony is a must stop for your Kaikoura coast trip. The parking along the main road is adequate. Just watch out for vehicles as you cross the road. The walk up the track takes 10 min until you get to the water fall and pool where the baby seals swim and play. The seals hang out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We pulled off here, because my wife was sure she had seen dolphins jumping just offshore. Not only was this true, but there was quite a colony of seals on the rocks and in the water just offshore. We stayed here for a long while watching this display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This was an awwwww moment. They are just "there" sunbathing, swimming ,sleeping , eating and I suppose and doing whatever else seals do. You pull into a parking bay at the side of the road and they are down on the rocks below you. It was sunny the day we stopped but very windy....wrap up !!

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Beautiful location out at Ohau Point. Once you pull into the car park you will straight away see the seals on on the rocks sunbaking! Search the shores around you to see if there are any up close. I recommend walking up to the lookouts behind you for awesome views of Kaikoura! No need to do any tours or pay... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Kaikoura is the place to visit if you want to see seals up close and personal.North and South of KaiKoura you will see plenty of seals and the area is popular with tourists. Well worth a visit. You don't need to pay for tours as long as you have a vehicle you will see hundreds of seals.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

So many seals! Was wonderful to stop and look and take a few photos although it was a bit cold. Enjoyed watching the baby seals swimming in the pools.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Amazing to see the seals in their natural habitat! We stopped on our way from Picton to Kaikoura and stopped before the colony as well. Just pull off anywhere on the side where you see the rocky shoreline and you should see some seals. Would make sure you have warm clothes as it gets really windy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had no idea this sight was around the next bend as we travelled on the main coastal route to Kaikoura. However we had time to stop in the designated parking area and were able to admire and enjoy the antics and general family life of the seals on the very close rocks. Our enjoyment was only spoiled by a... More 

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