Couldn't believe how close we could get to the seals. One of the many free attractions that can be found in New Zealand.
This place is pretty cool. We were in Kaikoura for the Seafest in October and decided we were going to take a small drive down to the colony. So cool being down there. Just be careful not to get too close and walk on the stones slow so that you don't fall!
We went out of our way up the west coast to see the Ohau Seal Pups and Waterfall... only to see none on Nov 28th. Luckily we saw lots of seals in this colony along the coast. It saved the day. Was fun watching them sleep, play, fight, swim, etc. Able to get fairly close in places and got some... More
About half an hour walk from town, the seal colony is fantastic. The seals just lay around and don't seem too bothered by people. We went twice, and found it's best to go early before any tour buses rock up - nice to have the seals quietly to ourselves. The second day we were later, and the place was crowded,... More
We also went at high tide the next day and saw even more seals right by the shore basking in the sun - they match the rocks so look closely!! Got some great close-up photos
My family and I went to see one of local attractions in South Island where we can experience a close encounter with seals in the wild. It took us 2 hours 19 minutes for approximately 182 km distance driving along from Christchurch with some scenic changes all the way through Kaikoura region. It is beautiful view and green with fresh... More
This is a great chance to see the seals and watch them interact with each other. Recommend a good telephoto lens for some shots.
The location of the seal colony was beautiful. It is sub-tropical with beautiful trees. There is a train tunnel right by the climb to the falls which we had gone through on the way to Kaikoura. Beautiful baby seals and worth the time to visit.
We really enjoyed seeing the seals laze on the wooden walkway and on the carpark lots, entirely oblivious to our presence and going about their own business. It feels that nature is close to us and in harmony here.
Getting up close and personal is really a good experience but probably visitors shouldn't get too close. Not that the Seal are aggressive but they are nocturnal animals and if one get too close during the day it is just like someone walk up to you in the midnight, standing right beside you and snap photos or take a very... More
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