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Time: 5 min - 1 hr 5 min, Distance: 200 m - 3.9km depending on track taken

The Kaikoura Peninsula walk kicks off with seals right off the bat. But it's the classic New Zealand lookout that is the jewel in the crown. It takes your breath away - as the reviews show.

Many people leave it there (5 mins walk to lookout), but if you have time, the extended walk is a worthy and easy going coastal jaunt. More seals than you can poke a stick at. Enjoy!

Kaikoura Peninsula from the air

Kaikoura Peninsula from the air

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The walk along the coast

The walk along the coast

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Kaikoura Penisula in the distance

Kaikoura Penisula in the distance

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Seal pups frolicking at Ohau Stream

Ohau Stream Walkway and Waterfall - off SH1 - Nth Kaikoura

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Jean Simonet

Ranking: 10/10

This coastal walk is really nice, lots of seals and birds.
Tip : don't make a circular walk from the city, as advised in the i-site. You can park either in south bay, either near point Kean. From there, can bee nice to first walk on the cliffs, to enjoy the stunning view, then come back near the shore, to approach the seals : Check first at the i-site for the tide and weather info.

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Ben

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Windy as but worth it.

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Marie Gros

France

Ranking: 8/10

The walk around the peninsula of Kaikoura is wonderful, with nice views of the mountains and beaches. You can see sea lions and birds - really awesome.

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Lucille Laurent

France

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful walk. Possibility to see seals.

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Katharina Koch

Ranking: 9/10

Nice to see seals in their own environment, great view around Kaikoura - such a nice walk!

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Moreno

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome walk, follow the beach. Be aware of the tides. Saw some seals, at least 20.

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Bettina Enigl

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Easy walk with spectacular views and amazing animals.

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Gabriel Prerot

France

Ranking: 9/10

The walk atop the cliff are a sight to behold. It is very well maintained and nice.

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Jessica Pein

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Go there to see many seals and birds. The place is quite packed but worth the trip.

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Ferdinand

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice spot for walking but a bit short.

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Stuart Gange

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk, well sign posted with lots of information provided en route as to significance of buildings, structures etc. Good wildlife to see en route.

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romain perroches

France

Ranking: 10/10

We saw seals and had a wonderful walk on the peninsula. We loved it so much we stayed and did the walk twice.

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Richard Fox

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

A fairly easy, well maintained walkway leads you through an open landscape with many wide views of the sea and great aerial views of seals on the rocks beneath.

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Seal pups frolicking at Ohau Stream

Ohau Stream Walkway and Waterfall - off SH1 - Nth Kaikoura