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Ohau Stream Walk

State Highway 1 | Okiwi Bay - Half Moon Bay area, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5641
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Wow, Incredible Place

We go to kaikoura some Easter weekends and regularly go to the Ohau stream and see seal pups up... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
via mobile
What a magical place.

We heard about this special place and decided to visit. It has a easy to follow path to the... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
Eugene S
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
State Highway 1 | Okiwi Bay - Half Moon Bay area, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5641

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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

We go to kaikoura some Easter weekends and regularly go to the Ohau stream and see seal pups up there in the fresh water, it's stunning to see these wee beauties up there..

Thank Paradiseash
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

We heard about this special place and decided to visit. It has a easy to follow path to the waterfall, which happens to be a natural nursery for seal pups. The only danger is that you sometimes have to cross the busy motorway to get...More

3  Thank Eugene S
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We didnt see any pups when we were there but it was still a nice little walk up to the waterfall and then back on the other side of the highway there was a family of seals playing in the water that we got to...More

Thank JordanD87
Reviewed 15 January 2017

I've been there about three times, just because it's such a beautiful spot. A 5 minute walk from the street (where you can usually spot a pretty big seal colony aswell), and you're surrounded by baby seals playing and swimming in the waterfall. It's fascinating...More

1  Thank Lilly K
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Fantastic place we found this by accident a tour gide told me about this when he found out which way we were heading, we enjoyed it so much that when we drove back to Christchurch from Greymouth we detoured 150km to se them again. It...More

Thank introubleagain
Reviewed 27 December 2016

This was a short walk up to the waterfall where we were shocked to find about five seal pups playing in the water. So amazing and a must see. Please be mindful and keep the area clean so this feature is kept for years to...More

3  Thank dargerfamily
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Title says it all. Was only like 5 minutes walking each way and another 5 to watch the pups play. It's right off the road, easy, and recommended.

1  Thank Lots_of_Baggage
Reviewed 5 December 2016

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...More

3  Thank misstravel39
Reviewed 4 December 2016 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...More

1  Thank HaydenMeer
Reviewed 3 December 2016

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...More

Thank ManakauLodge
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Vnny L
Is the Oahu stream walk open in June 2017 to see baby seal? As I read few review said it was closed due to earthquake.
18 May 2017|
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Response from BernieMD | Reviewed this property |
It is closed but the seals are still on the coast. It would be a great help to the Kaikoura people if you did still go to the town and look at some of the other colonys though and some of the new wonders that have appeared... More
We are wondering if the walk to Ohau Stream is accessible yet? I understand it was damaged late last year. We are heading there to NZ next week (end of May). If it's still closed are there other places to see seals? Thank you
12 May 2017|
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Response from LikethetripFantastic | Reviewed this property |
Access is still dependent on the highway. Today when I checked, it appears the highway is still closed. No highway; no access. I can't include the link here; just do a search for Kaikoura highway status and you'll... More
Jia Q
will be there in 2 weeks, any chance we could get access to the walk? or it's still closed by then?
7 May 2017|
Response from Holleylolliepop | Reviewed this property |
Due to the earthquake the walk will still be closed as there has been a lot of damage around the area that will need to be fixed