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Peninsula Seal Colony

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Amazing , must see! Great to see the seals up close in their own environment. Lots to see including... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Donnelle P
Perth, Australia
So close!

Watch out cause these seals have great camouflage amongst the rocks! I had one in my sights but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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| Point Kean, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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All reviews car park seal colony on the rocks their natural habitat low tide wild animals parked cars rock pools beautiful area ohau point safe distance mother nature great pictures close quarters nice walk take photos close encounter
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing , must see! Great to see the seals up close in their own environment. Lots to see including the lookout which is a steep 4 minute walk up the hill but great view of the peninsula .

Thank Donnelle P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Watch out cause these seals have great camouflage amongst the rocks! I had one in my sights but failed to spot the one closest to me & nearly stood on it. Luckily it saw me coming & barked out a warning. The kids thought that...More

Thank GinaDig
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw a seal right next to the parking lot on wood boardwalk. There are also several groups down the beach. They are fun to watch, just don't get too close. Lots of birds in the area and beautiful views. The rocks in the area...More

Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was great to see wild seals in their natural environment. They were sunning themselves on the rocks and swimming about in the ocean. We nearly walked over one as they were laying behind a boulder.

1  Thank Canberrascooter
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visiting this place is an essential activity if you go to Kaikoura, and it is also free.You will never be so close to the seals, although you must keep the distances indicated by the signs, at Point Kean 10 meters. In this place there are...More

1  Thank Francisco R
Reviewed August 23, 2018

I felt so sorry for the poor seals when the earthquake came along. Their ancestral home got a right shake up! But there they are, not exactly basking, but more huddling on their rocks, just as always. Although I fancy that there weren't as many...More

1  Thank milliesmum2016
Reviewed August 12, 2018

It was a great opportunity to see a seal colony up close, it is close to Kaikoura township. The parking is plentiful and excellent toilet facilities. In the winter can be exposed to a brutal wind so rug up, but this is part of the...More

2  Thank Mercurial63
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Visited on Saturday 19th May. As we drove drown to the parking area we were amazed that the seals were so close as one was lying on the boardwalk next to the carpark. the majority were on the rocks as you walked on the beach....More

1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Certainly a nice way to see nature in it's element . It is nature so not all seals are going to be interested in a selfie ha ha I personally used a Zoom Camera and relaxed from a distance although very nice to see the...More

Thank Kristjan_Iceman
Reviewed July 7, 2018

This is the best place to visit in Kaikura. Preferred it to the whale watching tour - and it is free! Excellent and unusual opportunity to get close to seals and see them in a big group in their natural (and beautiful) habitat. Highly recommended....More

1  Thank Colin M
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Bonnie L
March 3, 2018|
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Response from Graham W | Reviewed this property |
I would avoid the middle of the day as it would be hot for you and the seals will either be in the water or asleep in the shade. For tides, type "kaikoura tide times" into Google.
Khairunnisa N
November 11, 2016|
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Response from Wendy B | Reviewed this property |
It is free, I would not suggest you try swimming with them ,as they can be very fast and feisty, the places they love the best is on the rock and not suitable for swimming. My husband was snapped at by a seal, he did not... More
Mimi G
September 8, 2015|
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Response from surfingdude | Reviewed this property |
You can swim there! I did a lot of freediving in this area. Seals are very playful in the water. They feel threatened on land and might bite when you come to close. In the water it´s a different story. They choose to check... More