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Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups

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Address: State Highway 1 | Okiwi Bay - Half Moon Bay area, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 5641
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Wonderful place to see!

I toured the Northern half of the New Zealand Southern Island and was fortunate enough to see the waterfall and its occupants. I was so impressed that I stopped twice. I have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Portland, Maine

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Several reviews here and elsewhere were unclear with respect to access to this site. My son and I were in Kaikoura on February 19, 2017. We visited the "I-site" information booth in Kaikoura. We were advised that the site is inaccessible at this time. Due to the earthquake last fall, traffic is not permitted into this area north of the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I toured the Northern half of the New Zealand Southern Island and was fortunate enough to see the waterfall and its occupants. I was so impressed that I stopped twice. I have never seen anything like this. Seal pups flocking to the waterfall and frolicking I was told all day long. They are so tame that you can literally walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 to the walkway, so be careful. The path takes you right to the base of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 watch.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 how they're not even afraid of people, just another reminder to be extra careful not... More 

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Parkes, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

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 a was better getting there earlier as the baby's were more active than in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 come. Very educational and amazing experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 playing. Many people stayed fifteen minutes and then left. We spent hours there watching them... More 

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