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Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

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Address: Route 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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So cute and fun to watch

A 5 minute walk in the winter months (April-August) according the DOC, so much fun watching the young seals play, flip, dive under the waterfall,plus it's all free. Plus on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sam M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A 5 minute walk in the winter months (April-August) according the DOC, so much fun watching the young seals play, flip, dive under the waterfall,plus it's all free. Plus on the road to the Ohau point there's hundreds of seals just laying beach next to the road it really is a sight to see. 👌👍

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So cute - a short walk (not wheelchair accessible) along a path and you arrive at a swarming mass of seal pups. I believe that they are predominantly there in the winter (breeding season) so arrive in the right month to avoid disappointment!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

New zealand offers many unique and natural experiences but this is amazing you get to watch baby seal pups at your feet playing then swimming under an amazing waterfall all free and at their will a short walk quite easy does have a smallnumber of stairs at start but the best

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

DO NOT MISS THIS - FREEEEE. You walk a few minutes and then all of the sudden you start noticing the adult seals. They are right there either in the water or hanging out near the path. Then you get to the waterfall and pool area and you will die of cuteness. The baby seals are playing and having a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice easy walk in and we got to see about a dozen baby seals playing under the beautiful waterfall. Really worth taking half an hour out of your trip for. Plenty of off road parking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A short walk with a huge reward with the seal pups and their antics in and around the waterfall. Watch their acrobatic skills and their antics with each other - truly a must do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

OMG this place is full of surprises!! Best time to visit is winter, I guess it is the breeding time for seals. So many babies around, you will not forget how cute they are in the pool playing. I suggest everyone make some donations when visiting this place. Let's help and protect this amazing place so our children and grandchildren... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for this little walk on the way back to Blenheim from Kaikoura and almost cried in awe. It was so amazing to watch the pups play and flip around! Only takes like 6 minutes to get too the falls and the pups are so close. Will definitely visit every time I pass through, absolutely blew me away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome just the best so playfully . My wife loved it and would go again.take some coin for donations

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Honestly one of the coolest places in New Zealand. Short, easy walk takes to a pond in the forest full of swimming baby seals! The seals are there for much of the year but not always, so check the seal mating cycle before you go. Even without the seals, walk is scenic with views of stream, bush, and waterfall.

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