Ohau Point Seal Colony
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  • bonnie-ouray
    Paris, France12 contributions
    Must See the Ohau Point Seals
    This is probably my favorite thing to do in Kaikoura. Just live seeing so many of them doing their own thing. We went back 2 days in a row. There's an easy to access parking area and the seals seem to be doing tgeir seal thing all the time. (Google maps called this the Kaikoura Seals.)
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 December 2022
  • Anne N
    83 contributions
    Very Close Viewing of Enormous Number of Fur Seals
    This is the place for an up close viewing of fur seals. This time of year there were many playful pups and we must have spent about 435 minutes watching all of their antics all along the walk way. Plenty of room for viewing!
    Visited January 2023
    Written 22 January 2023
  • Ellie P
    Leeds, United Kingdom30 contributions
    Underrated
    We were recommended this by the guide on the whale watching tour. It is so underrated as there are very little signs for it. There were over 100 seals there when we went. So many of which were little pups! Because you look down on them there is no danger of getting too close or distressing the seals which is fantastic!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 9 March 2023
  • chchmum
    Christchurch, New Zealand57 contributions
    Absolutely must stop!
    Amazing must do. Easy lookout with hundreds of seals. Pups playing in pools and adults sleeping. Saw pups feeding from mums. Just unbelievable spot. You could so end ages just watching them all play, and all for free!!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2023
  • AlaskaFamly
    Fairbanks, Alaska112 contributions
    Excellent seal and wave viewing
    We drove out to the point. The tide was low and the waves big, so we were just enjoying that scenery when a large seal raised its head and expressed some displeasure at our nearness. We went on our way to the car park and were able to walk along the beach, watch huge rollers pound along the shore, and see hundreds of seals. We eventually stopped where a seal lay across the track and climbed up to the walk along the bluffs, then back down a staircase to the beach. It was all pretty incredible.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Philip B
    8 contributions
    Amazing view of seals from elevated walkway
    Following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura had to be almost completely re-engineered and re-built. The seal colony at Ohau Point benefited hugely from this work, as the re-construction included a generous car park on the east side of the highway, along with a concrete walkway approx. 1.5km long that is elevated above the shoreline and protects the seals from people with a 1.2m high fence and railing for its entire length. Some interpretive signage is helpful in orienting visitors to the significance of the spot in Maori history and culture. The main attraction, though, is the seals: everything from seal pups frolicking in the tidal pools or nursing with their mothers, to juveniles tussling with one another, to adults snoozing on the rocks. The view from above on the walkway is magical, giving a clear vista of the colony. A great place to stop, as the car park is safely away from the lanes of traffic.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
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Philip B
8 contributions
Jul 2023
Following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura had to be almost completely re-engineered and re-built. The seal colony at Ohau Point benefited hugely from this work, as the re-construction included a generous car park on the east side of the highway, along with a concrete walkway approx. 1.5km long that is elevated above the shoreline and protects the seals from people with a 1.2m high fence and railing for its entire length.
Some interpretive signage is helpful in orienting visitors to the significance of the spot in Maori history and culture.
The main attraction, though, is the seals: everything from seal pups frolicking in the tidal pools or nursing with their mothers, to juveniles tussling with one another, to adults snoozing on the rocks. The view from above on the walkway is magical, giving a clear vista of the colony.
A great place to stop, as the car park is safely away from the lanes of traffic.
Written 30 July 2023
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK734 contributions
Feb 2023
It is what it says! Lots of seals all up and about and a great chance to see them - and the babies - up close. Is also a very picturesque area so some lovely scenic views even without the seal action.
Normally I find seals are mainly sleeping so was nice to see them swimming in the rock pools and the young ones playing. There was a survey going on when we were there and fur clippings were being taken as part of recording the seal population numbers. Was fun to watch as the seals tried to scoot off and escape from the scissors. I must stress those that the survey staff were very gentle and did not harm any seal, was just that the animals were naturally wary and keen to escape up the rocks.
A really delightful viewing point.
Written 9 June 2023
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AlaskaFamly
Fairbanks, AK112 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We drove out to the point. The tide was low and the waves big, so we were just enjoying that scenery when a large seal raised its head and expressed some displeasure at our nearness. We went on our way to the car park and were able to walk along the beach, watch huge rollers pound along the shore, and see hundreds of seals. We eventually stopped where a seal lay across the track and climbed up to the walk along the bluffs, then back down a staircase to the beach. It was all pretty incredible.
Written 12 April 2023
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Horace
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Fantastic place if you're into these cuddling, cute New Zealand fur seals. Highly recommend for a break.
Written 10 April 2023
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chchmum
Christchurch, New Zealand57 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Amazing must do. Easy lookout with hundreds of seals. Pups playing in pools and adults sleeping. Saw pups feeding from mums. Just unbelievable spot. You could so end ages just watching them all play, and all for free!!
Written 8 April 2023
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Cathy L
London, UK200 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Situated on the side of the road, we’d have missed it if we weren’t told about it.
Safe viewing for seals & humans as there’s no beach access. Just wonderful to watch, well worth a stop.
Written 22 March 2023
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Ellie P
Leeds, UK30 contributions
Mar 2023
We were recommended this by the guide on the whale watching tour. It is so underrated as there are very little signs for it. There were over 100 seals there when we went. So many of which were little pups! Because you look down on them there is no danger of getting too close or distressing the seals which is fantastic!
Written 10 March 2023
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G. M . K.
Woking, UK84 contributions
Feb 2023
If you're in the area, go and take a peek from the walk way. Seals everywhere you look. Reasonable parking area, signposted off road.
Went back for a second visit!
Written 27 February 2023
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Patricia C
Houston, TX124 contributions
Dec 2022
We could see many, many fur seals from the viewing areas - mamas with crying pups and males jousting for dominance. This was just an amazing place to visit to view these creatures in their natural habitat withou disturbing them at all. We didn't want to leave!
Written 4 February 2023
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dannyyan2019
Houston, TX10 contributions
Jan 2023
We drove from Kaikoura following the advice from a local pilot. Saw so many seals! There are even mother seals feeding their cubs, so cute.
Written 31 January 2023
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