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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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Alston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

Lovely to see the seal pups in their natural environment expressing natural behaviour. Just hope it doesn't get too commercialised and the seals end up been driven away

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

This was one of the coolest things I did when I was in New Zealand. We walked through and there were a few seal pups swimming in a stream and we thought that was awesome but as we kept going through, there were more and more. We finally got to the waterfall and there were SO MANY seal pups. It... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The Ohau stream and waterfall surrounded by forest was truly a magical place! Accessible to all and your heart cannot help but melt when you see this baby seal paradise! We visited in winter which is the best time of year to see the most seal pups...there must have been at least a hundred playing, swimming, sleeping and wrestling...plenty of... More

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Without a doubt the most amazing sight we had in the south island. Do not bypass this attraction, its worth every second.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It's only a short and easy walk up to the waterfall, but it takes your breath away when you get there. We've been several times, and the last was the best. We came across half a dozen pups on the trail up, and what must have been 30 or more in the pool below the waterfall, all playing and having... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

What an incredible place to visit! A short walk along a stream that runs through the forest adjacent to the ocean brings you to a truly magical place! We sort of had an inkling as to what may lie ahead when we came upon 3 cute seal pups with huge brown eyes perched on some rocks in the stream, not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

It's a such as short trail yet it was so fun watching the seal pups. Was a wonderful and enriching experience. It didn't cost us a thing to watch them which was awesome.

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Have just visited the waterfall to watch the seal pups at play. A delightful scene. Cold wind was coming down the waterfall so dress warmly. Fewer pups now as the older ones are getting ready to take to the sea more. Still, about 25 pups were frolicking the day we were there. Great displays of diving, trying to climb the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

What an amazing experience. We had heard about this place but had not made the time to visit. Should have done it a long time ago, the most amazing experience for adults and children alike. Our family absolutely LOVED this... Will definitely return.....

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Went back again the next day, it was enchanting, not easy to find if you are coming from the kaikoura side, look for the "Min Van" if you are arriving via picton, the sign is easy to spot, lots of parking

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