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Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

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Address: Route 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Don't drive past without stopping

This surprising place is a real treat - a seal pup nursery. Dozens of seal pups clamber up this stream to the waterfall and frolic under it all day while Mum's feeding or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We visited 1st August and not a seal in sight at the waterfall - so disappointing as we had travelled from Blenheim just for the experience. But at the Ohau Point lookout and other bays in the area there were lots of pups and Mums lying on the rocks. Will try again when passing but had been told April to... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This surprising place is a real treat - a seal pup nursery. Dozens of seal pups clamber up this stream to the waterfall and frolic under it all day while Mum's feeding or sleeping. If you sit still and pretend not to look at them they approach you wanting attention. One came right up and nibbled my shoe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Like: 25 min driving time to the Waterfall from Kaikoura City Center Dislike: a lot of road work along the driving route. Becare!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Short and easy walk with my 9 year old into the forest from the highway. Such a delight to see seal pups playing in the waterfall and some of them were waddling in the forest too. Nobody seemed to be monitoring the visitors, I am just worried that some may try to get too close to them for a pic.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Short walk up to the rock pool and we found a dozen or more seal pups playing. Narrow path in places but not dangerous - just need to be kind to fellow seal pup seekers.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My cousin and I called in here on out way to Kaikoura, and these little fullas were super cute and inquisitive. I just hope those who go here treat this area with respect, and respect the seals' space.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We loved the waterfall and sea pups! The walk up to the waterfall was nice, a little slippery when wet. We went at a good time there were about 15 - 20 pups playing in the waterfall!

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Very busy and few seals. You get better views and access in Kaikoura itself and the main seal colony

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The 5 minute walk to the waterfall was well rewarded with seeing 3 seal pups. One was swimming in the river and two were lying in the bush. There were 2 DOC staff keeping an eye on the seals to allow them the freedom to move around without being harassed by people visiting them. An easy walk, but not suitable... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

So sweet! So lovely! The pups are really playful in the water or on the rocks. Did get lots of beautiful pic. there.

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Address: Route 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura

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