Ohau Point Seal Colony

Off SH1 - Nth of Kaikoura

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South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura

Watch NZ Fur Seals play - right next to State Highway 1.

Ohau Point Seal Colony might be New Zealand's most accessible Seal Watching experience. And it's free! The carpark is directly off State highway 1 and as a traveller put it 'the seals are right there, waiting for you!'

A glorious spot on a nice day with the backdrop of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Enjoy!

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85 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 7.

Rikke Hessellund, Denmark's avatar

Rikke Hessellund, Denmark

Ranking: 5/10

Sooo many seals!! But due to roadworks at the moment (April 2018) it is very difficult to park and to get out of the car there.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Maia and Andrew

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Short walk through bush - waterfall and at the end - seal pups. The beach across the road is good for views too.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Deniz Wintermeyer

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

A small walkway next to the coast with a lot of seals there. Easy to access with the car and the seals are lovely. Just chilling in the sun.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Rachel Ram

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Just up the main road to a waterfall where little baby seal pups hang out and play. As long as you are quiet, what amazing creatures.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Will Pyle

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience, seal pups playing in a waterfall and climbing rocks. Easy access, short walk. Rewarding and fun for all ages.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Katie Griffiths

England

Ranking: 7/10

Good, easy walk to see the seal colony, lots of seals! Free to do.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Fiona Ng

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Spotted 20+ seal pups. Very well maintained and well worth stopping and exploring.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Joaquin Gruffat

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

You can see dolphins, whales and other kinds of animals just from the coast!! If you are lucky!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Brennan Jungling

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Very nice walk to a stunning waterfall and sit on the rocks by the ocean - tons of seals!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ben McDougal

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Seals everywhere we stopped. Pups at the waterfall. Beautiful freedom camping beachside at the Meatworks.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Maria and Grace

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Great to see, nice walk, gorgeous frolicking seal pups.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

We went during sunset. The view from the lookout was absolutely breathtaking. Worth a quick stop.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Roeland Driessen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Best spot to see lots of seals, including new borns playing around. Spent more than an hour just watching these amazing creatures.,

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

85 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 7.

Rikke Hessellund, Denmark's avatar

Rikke Hessellund, Denmark

Ranking: 5/10

Sooo many seals!! But due to roadworks at the moment (April 2018) it is very difficult to park and to get out of the car there.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Maia and Andrew's avatar

Maia and Andrew

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Short walk through bush - waterfall and at the end - seal pups. The beach across the road is good for views too.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Deniz Wintermeyer's avatar

Deniz Wintermeyer

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

A small walkway next to the coast with a lot of seals there. Easy to access with the car and the seals are lovely. Just chilling in the sun.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

Rachel Ram's avatar

Rachel Ram

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Just up the main road to a waterfall where little baby seal pups hang out and play. As long as you are quiet, what amazing creatures.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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Will Pyle's avatar

Will Pyle

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience, seal pups playing in a waterfall and climbing rocks. Easy access, short walk. Rewarding and fun for all ages.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

Katie Griffiths's avatar

Katie Griffiths

England

Ranking: 7/10

Good, easy walk to see the seal colony, lots of seals! Free to do.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Fiona Ng's avatar

Fiona Ng

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Spotted 20+ seal pups. Very well maintained and well worth stopping and exploring.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Joaquin Gruffat's avatar

Joaquin Gruffat

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

You can see dolphins, whales and other kinds of animals just from the coast!! If you are lucky!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Brennan Jungling's avatar

Brennan Jungling

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Very nice walk to a stunning waterfall and sit on the rocks by the ocean - tons of seals!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Ben McDougal's avatar

Ben McDougal

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Seals everywhere we stopped. Pups at the waterfall. Beautiful freedom camping beachside at the Meatworks.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Maria and Grace's avatar

Maria and Grace

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Great to see, nice walk, gorgeous frolicking seal pups.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Ahmed Mohsen Aly's avatar

Ahmed Mohsen Aly

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

We went during sunset. The view from the lookout was absolutely breathtaking. Worth a quick stop.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Roeland Driessen's avatar

Roeland Driessen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Best spot to see lots of seals, including new borns playing around. Spent more than an hour just watching these amazing creatures.,

Reviewed almost 4 years ago