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Ohau Point Seal Colony

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The seals were plentifully sunning themselves and a treasure to see. It was a real treat of nature... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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you could spend hours watching the seals here

Drove here on a pretty windy and wild day and walked uptown the lookout. There were seals all... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
New Zealand
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State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two years since my last visit and there have been marked changes. Rocks are covered in a light coloured sludge that almost gives the area a bleached look. Seals were lazing but not as many as last time due to seasonal differences. It's magic. Do...More

1  Thank Wanderer819247
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to view the seals but because there are so many road repairs to the road after the earthquakes it was hard to find the correct spot....however we found a very rocky area on the side of the road where there were a few...More

Thank Ainslie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The seals were plentifully sunning themselves and a treasure to see. It was a real treat of nature to experience these beautiful creatures in the wild.

Thank Canberrascooter
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Drove here on a pretty windy and wild day and walked uptown the lookout. There were seals all around the carpark area and it was very entertaining to stand and watch them on the rocks . Lovely to see families laughing and watching the seals...More

Thank Louieathens
Reviewed 18 August 2018

A fantastic place to see nature at her best. Be considerate and observe New Zealand fur seals in their natural habitats with fantastic background scenery that is worth the 15 minute drive from town.

Thank cazzkeeler
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

It was great to be able to go for a relaxing walk and take in the seals on the way, as opposed to having to see them in a zoo or from afar. There are two colonies that are easily accessible, one being maybe a...More

1  Thank Matt C
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Visited on Saturday 19th May. As we were driving down from Blenheim to Kaikoura we noticed all the seals on the rocks at Ohau Point. Unfortunately we could not stop because of road works but was still able to see them due to speed restrictions...More

1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 4 July 2018

Even though you can’t stop there now due to the roadworks after the earthquake, there are hunfreds of seals are all along the coastline. We didn’t mind the road works, giving us lots of “slow traffic” to look at the seals. Will be great place...More

3  Thank Denise D
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Just add natural sea/wildlife like these protected and cherished seals and beautiful scenic vistas and you’ve got Kaikoura, NZ. Sweet as!

Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Very nice and easy accessible place to see your share of seals. I parked my car and the first ones were sunning on the wooden board walk! The beach itself looks very outlandish and reminds me of pancake rocks. After following the beach for an...More

1  Thank Tijsv54
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19 November 2017|
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Response from OldV1 | Reviewed this property |
The coastal road, SH1, is open and you can drive straight through from Christchurch.
20 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