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Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

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Address: State Highway 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Amazing Place - spent hours there

I am not sure why people are saying this waterfall area was destroyed,as those locals who live near by are saying it is surprisingly undamaged by the earthquakes. I do hope they... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Surfers Paradise, Australia

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am not sure why people are saying this waterfall area was destroyed,as those locals who live near by are saying it is surprisingly undamaged by the earthquakes. I do hope they are right! I visited in October and there were a few seal pups playing. Many people stayed fifteen minutes and then left. We spent hours there watching them... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are in kaikoura , most of the year there are seal pups varying in ages and they are funny and boisterous, but if you're one of those fortunate few who are around in November/ December. You get, newborn seal pups. It's a great little walk, to a tall waterfall hidden in the forest canopy, a must do activity... More 

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Reviews below stating that this place has been "destroyed" are untrue. Following the earthquake of November 14, Ohau Stream is currently inaccessible due to several rockslides blocking the track. The waterfall is still there but the pool has a number of rocks in it. These will have to be cleared if public access is to be restored, but such work,... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am sorry to inform viewers, that due to the massive earthquake in Seddon in November that it seems this attraction has been lost. A very sad event and a great loss. The seals though have come back to the coast and staff are working flat out to repair and open the coastal road again.

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Never thought I would see seal pups in the woods ... and it is free! Look for the notice board on the left if travelling from Kaikoura. There are places to park on both sides of the road and you can also view the seals on the beach, rocks and in the sea. This natural attraction is delightful and it... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were there at the beginning of November. There were no pups playing in the waterfall (not the right time of year!) but it was a nice walk and a beautiful waterfall. There were plenty of seals on the rocks at the beach across the road to watch as well. Hopefully, the seals will find a new location nearby or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a once in a lifetime experience. Walking along the path to the waterfall the older of the pups were sitting playing and lounging on the rocks less than 2 feet from us. I swear we were all awestruck. Everyone walking the path was respectful and quiet and were just as amazed as we were. When we got to... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this cute little place so many times. This was on the "must do" list each time we had a visitor from overseas or another part of New Zealand. To us, this was the perfect spot - park your vehicle beside State Highway 1, do a short 10 minute walk through forest - arrive at the waterfall to see... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got here a week before the earthquake happens, can't imagine how it looked like now.. The walk is a pleasant one with some steps and bridges leading to the waterfall.. The waterfall itself looks great and the seals swimming and playing around just make the entire place looks like heaven! If you go during the winter the entire waterfall, pool... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hate to have to report that this special spot has been destroyed by the November 15, 2016 earthquake. The seals are currently pregnant so hopefully there weren't many here when it occurred. :-(

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