We visited in October 2012' breaking our scenic train journey here over night. We looked at doing a tour but it ended up making more sense to rent a car from one of the local service stations. There is one guy in town that operates a shuttle service, he is also the guy who does the tours and he does neither after 5pm.
Very glad we rented a car and had the opportunity to see the seal colony, seafood vans, lavender farm and best of all the baby seals at Ohau stream walkway and waterfall, not to mention that we could actually go out and get dinner!! The baby seals were a real highlight.
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