Ohau Point Seal Colony

Ohau Point Seal Colony

Off SH1 - Nth of Kaikoura


90 Rankers Reviews

81 Face-to-Face

15 Seal Watching

18 Kaikoura

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Sunbathing seal at Ohau Point
Solo seal at Ohau Point
Party central at Ohau Point
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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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Umbrella Organisation

Non-profit organisation


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


  • Seal Watching
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 85.

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 about 4 years 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 about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

Deniz Wintermeyer's avatar

Deniz Wintermeyer


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 about 5 years 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 about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Will Pyle


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 about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Katie Griffiths


Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Fiona Ng's avatar

Fiona Ng


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Joaquin Gruffat


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Brennan Jungling's avatar

Brennan Jungling


Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed about 6 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 about 6 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 about 6 years ago

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 6 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 over 7 years ago