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Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

Address: Route 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Kaikoura
Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The walk was easy, we had 2 kids walk it with ease. They swam in the waterfall although very very cold they loved it. We din't see any seals as it was the wrong time of year.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

What was good about this attraction was that because it natural you are dependent on the seasons. We were unlucky and didn't see the pups at the waterfall. But if you drive South for half a kilometre and look out at the sea viewpoint we saw at least a hundred seals and were able to witness the juveniles playing, so... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We visited in February and did not expect to see any seal pups as they don't visit until April. However having seen the pool and waterfall featured on a TV programme, it was great to be able to see the route the adult and baby seals have to take to reach this little freshwater pool. The pool and waterfall are... More 

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Holladay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a must and take your time. There were no pups at the waterfall but if you go on the beach side you will not be disappointed. You can walk on the beach and get pretty close to the seals (just make sure to respect the 10 meter distance). There were seal pups with sunning themselves along with adult... More 

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nyc,ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The waterfall is easy to walk to and really pretty. I would say, go without the expectations of seeing the seals as I was a bit disappointed. ( My own fault)

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Kirkby Lonsdale
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Dropped by on the way north and expected to see the seals at the waterfall however was not aware they only go there in April onwards. Beautiful waterfall and fun seeing the seals in the Coast.

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Llantwit Major
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice pleasant walk. I think it would've been better to go earlier in the summer as no seal pups this time of year (February) and there's a drought so the waterfall & stream weren't as spectacular as they could've been.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely walk to the waterfall and a really nice spot, but alas no pups when we were there - no quite the right time of year. We stopped at the nearby seal colony and lookout and saw plenty of seals playing, swimming and laying about there. Worth a visit even if no pups in residence.

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Townsville, Australia
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I went in Summer ... no seal pups (and I didn't expect any). Nevertheless, it's a walk worth your while. It's only short, and the track is well formed. There's the attraction of the rail bridge and tunnel, lovely forest, and a pretty waterfall.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We set out from Christchurch with a 3 hour journey to see the sea pups here. It was definitely worth the journey! The drive includes beautiful scenery, a brilliant first impression of New Zealand to us (but it also has a lot of bends and police cars hidden around corners for speeding). There's a short walk to the waterfall, which... More 

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