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Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

Route 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Kaikoura
Type: Hiking Trails
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Was amazing to see the seal pups up close swimming and playing at the bottom of a waterfall. It's only a short walk from the car park through some lovely forest. Well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We were lucky to come to NZ in winter, otherwise we would miss this fantastic attraction. The information sign at the beginning of Ohau Stream Walk says that the seal pups reach maturity in Spring so in September there would be no pups at all. We saw about a dozen and they were very cute and full of fun. The... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I challenge anyone to spend a few minutes watching the seal babies playing and not come away with a big smile on their face! They are just so darn cute :) It's a privilege to be able to visit them.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We took the short walk to the waterfall where the seal pups spend there time and it didn't disappoint! We saw about 25 seal pups swimming around under the waterfall, and some that were sleeping on the rocks. They're so fun to watch. This is a great activity for everyone, especially kids.

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Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

That was definitely the best thing I did on the Southern island - the pups were already grown a bit and the parents off to sea so the little ones enjoyed themselves in the pool playing. It was a great experience and the walk is short and not very hard. So go there if you want to see fur seals.

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Copenhagen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A cool stop off on our way up the coast. The short work is worth it to see the seal pups swimming in the water and playing about. Some of them were sleeping near by and looked cute. Some we're playing further down the walk also so keep an eye out on the way up and down

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The short walk up the trail is worth it to see the seal pups playing. Also take your time whilst walking up as you might see some seals making the journey up to the waterfall. When you arrive at the falls, we were lucky as there was about 10 pups playing. It is a little cold at the falls as... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Loved it ! Best thing in kaikoura , just 20 mins nth of kaikoura. Beautiful waterfall and baby pups playing in 2 ft of water a metre from you, totally awesome !

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stopped because we were on our way to Kaikoura for the night. We were a little disappointed that there were no pups in the pool at the waterfall. But on the way back, we thought just follow the steam. So we did and there they were with the moms and dads just sitting on the beach having a good... More

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Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our expectations were completely exceeded when the gentle walk towards the waterfall revealed beautiful seal pups which were the closest I've ever been to seals and these were all wild. They were curious playful and charming. The jumped and played in the waterfall pool, and littered either side of the path so you could touch them if you wanted to.... More

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