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Ohau Point Seal Colony

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Address: State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Great place to see Seals up close.

It was really nice to come here and see seals in their natural habitat. Be careful to not go too near the seals as they will bark at you (and might potentially seriously injure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
727oliver
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have plenty of warning that this lookout is coming up and it is a relatively good area for pulling in and out of the line of traffic. The actual lookout is around the corner from the bush walk area. You are able to see the seals from a vantage point on the top of a cliff. It is fenced... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was really nice to come here and see seals in their natural habitat. Be careful to not go too near the seals as they will bark at you (and might potentially seriously injure you) but if your careful you'll be able to enjoy your day and see a lot of seals in a natural habitat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

So many seals here! The babies were so cute over here as well. The path was well kept and the seals were enjoying their space. It's really a wonder how they got up there. Note. But if you wanna see the waterfall and baby seals, go to the Ohau Stream Walkway and Waterfall. It's different location (30 minutes north) from... More 

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Thank Daniel K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see seals, this is one of the best places to do it. Views are great and open, but try not to get to close!

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Thank Riley P
Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So cool to see all the seals roaming around, but please, PLEASE don't enter the colony. The signs clearly say do not enter but tourists still go in just so they can get a photo. There's plenty of spots where they are on the grass for photos so you don't actually need to enter somewhere that's meant for their protection.... More 

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Thank KM1104
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At Ohau Point and for a good ten kilometres further south, it's possible to pull over at the side of the road and see seals. It's also possible to see people disregarding signs saying "No entry", which I have to admit, if NZ Conservation was serious, would be large, red, and in five languages, not tiny and insignificant. People taking... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To see the baby seals in the rainforest was just the weirdest thing! So well worth the short walk up to the waterfall. The seals are so happy and playful in the water. We had a pair walk by us, they weren't frightened of us. So cute. Definitely go and look if it's the right time of the year (apparently... More 

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Thank LaurenMcGrath
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This spot is well worth a visit. Baby seals, waterfalls, NZ bush all in one. Tremendous.. Very tranquil setting. Only comment would be the area could do with some public toilets.

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Rangiora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always love coming here. Plenty of seals to amuse even though it was freezing cold! The lookout was messy because of the bad weather the day before but that's to be expected. Be careful on the slippery stairs

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Nelson New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in NZ all my life but had never been to see the baby seals at Oahu Point. Today we decided to remedy that. We drove from Nelson via Blenheim and about 10 minutes before Oahu point we suddenly came across a lot of adult seals just basking in the grass, and the rocks right beside the highway.... More 

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