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Ohau Point Seal Colony

State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Great spot to visit

The place is certainly interesting. Yes there are many seals but actually looking at the changes in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Not sure I have been anywhere where you can stroll out to see animals in there fully natural... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is certainly interesting. Yes there are many seals but actually looking at the changes in the environment since the earthquake is also very interesting.

Thank Buckoinchch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure I have been anywhere where you can stroll out to see animals in there fully natural environment. Very special.

1  Thank Chatz2014
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Ohau point is so wonderful to visit. The seals are always ready to pose for photos. Make sure you check the weather before going to make sure storms don't hinder and check tides. Low tide would be best.

Thank reginaphalanges
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Told by a local whereto find the colony by walking around the rocks and along the shingle beach. Saw the nursery babies with their mothers. Interesting place to visit.

Thank Jill S
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We where there just before the earthquake and saw a lot of seals. Either playing in the water or sleeping between the rock on in the gras. Hopefully they will come back to that beautiful place

Thank aussi33
Reviewed 29 April 2017

It was amazing watching the seal pups playing in the stream and waterfall disregarding our presence.

1  Thank Dale H
Reviewed 21 April 2017

At the colony we turned right and walked along the beach and saw about 50 seals including cubs. You can get fairly close to photograph them (10 metre limit), keep an eye on the tide though.

1  Thank john w
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

A lovely chance to see nature in its habitat. We stupidly walked out during a storm, it was slippery and wet and I wouldn't recommend. Go when the suns out and get some good pictures of seals

Thank Foodlover438
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

The seals were amazing the little nursery was so cute...i took many of photos and searching for sealife was fun and walk track up to the lookout was beautiful

Thank traceyr550
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A small walk from the parking area. Has stunning views of the sea and once can watch the seals up close in their natural surroundings. There is a small colony where they were nursing their kids. Please be careful during High Tides. One may get...More

Thank Abhilash K
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21 May 2017|
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Response from john w | Reviewed this property |
Not t sure about best times we went twice when the tide was out and saw lots of seals
23 July 2016|
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Response from Robbies777 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in March and there were heaps