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Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

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Address: State Highway 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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No pups but still pretty

We didnt see any pups when we were there but it was still a nice little walk up to the waterfall and then back on the other side of the highway there was a family of seals playing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We didnt see any pups when we were there but it was still a nice little walk up to the waterfall and then back on the other side of the highway there was a family of seals playing in the water that we got to watch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been there about three times, just because it's such a beautiful spot. A 5 minute walk from the street (where you can usually spot a pretty big seal colony aswell), and you're surrounded by baby seals playing and swimming in the waterfall. It's fascinating how they're not even afraid of people, just another reminder to be extra careful not... More 

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Parkes, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic place we found this by accident a tour gide told me about this when he found out which way we were heading, we enjoyed it so much that when we drove back to Christchurch from Greymouth we detoured 150km to se them again. It a was better getting there earlier as the baby's were more active than in the... More 

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a short walk up to the waterfall where we were shocked to find about five seal pups playing in the water. So amazing and a must see. Please be mindful and keep the area clean so this feature is kept for years to come. Very educational and amazing experience.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Title says it all. Was only like 5 minutes walking each way and another 5 to watch the pups play. It's right off the road, easy, and recommended.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

I am not sure why people are saying this waterfall area was destroyed,as those locals who live near by are saying it is surprisingly undamaged by the earthquakes. I do hope they are right! I visited in October and there were a few seal pups playing. Many people stayed fifteen minutes and then left. We spent hours there watching them... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

If you are in kaikoura , most of the year there are seal pups varying in ages and they are funny and boisterous, but if you're one of those fortunate few who are around in November/ December. You get, newborn seal pups. It's a great little walk, to a tall waterfall hidden in the forest canopy, a must do activity... More 

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Reviews below stating that this place has been "destroyed" are untrue. Following the earthquake of November 14, Ohau Stream is currently inaccessible due to several rockslides blocking the track. The waterfall is still there but the pool has a number of rocks in it. These will have to be cleared if public access is to be restored, but such work,... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

I am sorry to inform viewers, that due to the massive earthquake in Seddon in November that it seems this attraction has been lost. A very sad event and a great loss. The seals though have come back to the coast and staff are working flat out to repair and open the coastal road again.

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Never thought I would see seal pups in the woods ... and it is free! Look for the notice board on the left if travelling from Kaikoura. There are places to park on both sides of the road and you can also view the seals on the beach, rocks and in the sea. This natural attraction is delightful and it... More 

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