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“Absolutely brilliant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups
Route 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Kaikoura
Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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“Absolutely brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We were told about this by a local in the fish and chip shop in Kaikoura, I'm so glad as we would have driven straight past it otherwise. We had already seen lots of seals but not many pups and no where near as many as this.

Visited May 2013
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We stopped at the stream after it was recommended by Scott Cook in the New Zealand South Island Frenzy book and our innkeeper in Kaikoura. We were so glad we did. Driving from Nelson, we passed The Store restaurant and the Oahu stream car park was 25 minutes further on the road. We were greeted by seal pups right near the car park. On the short trail to the waterfall, we came across 2 areas where more than 5 seal pups we swimming and playing in the stream and on the surrounding rocks. It was a wonderful experience to see these cute creatures in their natural environment and so close.

Visited April 2013
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“Great Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

A short walk to see cute seal pups playing in the stream and under the waterfall. A great stop-off activity if travelling along the coast

Visited May 2013
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“Seal Pup Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This place was magical! Seal pups swim up this river and frolic at the base of the waterfall and in the length of the stream. It really is magical. If visitors (i.e. the people) would be quiet, respectful and just watch in wonder, they would get a lot out of their visit. Parents, this is a great teachable moment for your kids - let them know that if they are quiet and respectful, the seal pups will really be themselves and "perform" for them. If they are loud and seem at all threatening, the pups will either be frightened or possibly act aggressively. We watched both happen - and were saddened that parents weren't more aware of the impact that they and their children had on these wild creatures. Remember, the seals have been coming to these rocks and waterfall for longer than humans have been gawking at them. Remember that and try to keep in mind the wonder that you are able to witness such a unique and remarkable stage in the pups' lives.

Visited March 2013
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“Ohau seal pups”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

15 mins from Kaikoura. 5 min walk up the creek and you are greeted with seal pups in their 'nursery' playing around.
Can get really close.
Free!!

Visited April 2013
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