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“A long walk if you wanna save money from Transport”

Ohau Point Seal Colony
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 September 2011

We visited this place after the sheep shearing which was maybe 10mins walk before this place from town.

The way we did it was to walk from our hotel to the sheep shearing show, then visit the seals and make our way back to town via a scenic trek.

Make sure to have a few hours if this is what you plan to do.

Date of experience: February 2011
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

We saw them all along the coast road from kaikoura and you can just pull over and view them - excellent.

Date of experience: April 2011
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Reviewed 17 January 2011

We first went to the seal colony on Christmas day, which was a great day to go because there were only a few people there. It was high tide and the seals were on rocks very close to the car park. We climbed up to the lookout, which gave a stunning view of the ocean and mountains, then back down to find that two seals had come up on the beach! We could have walked up and touched them, if we were silly enough. They weren't interested in us at all - just lay there sunning themselves and glancing our way every now and then. Considering how big they are, the seals are surprisingly camouflaged when they are close.

We went back a couple of days later at low tide. It was much busier and, as we parked, we were pleased we'd originally come at Christmas. The seals were much harder to see, even if you walked out as far as possible, but the seals weren't really the attraction at low tide. The tide goes so far out that you have an enormous area full of rock pools to explore and clamber across.

I couldn't say which day was better. Go at both times!

Date of experience: December 2010
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Reviewed 4 August 2010

My husband and I visited Kaikoura a little while ago and it was the best fun to walk on the shores of this seal colony and get to see so many seals just hanging out! It is a million times better than any National Geographic special (obviously). Also, it is free, which is awesome. Just make sure you watch where you're walking or you might step on a seal...they blend in.

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Date of experience: December 2018
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