Ohau Stream Walkway and Waterfall

off SH1 - Nth Kaikoura

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15 minutes return - for seal pup entertainment and a beautiful waterfall

The Ohau Stream and Waterfall walk makes for a great side-trip alongside viewing the seals at Ohau Point Lookout, keep following the road for a few hundred metres - as it descends to the coast. Then Look for a signpost indicates the Ohau Stream and Waterfall walk.

The Ohau Stream and Waterfall walk begins underneath the railway line and leads you beside the stream through the trees to a small waterfall. During daytime, you are most likely to see the seal pups playing in the waterfall while their parents are out in the ocean fishing.

Please note that the seal pups are only there during winter months.

Seal pups frolicking at Ohau Stream

Seal pups frolicking at Ohau Stream

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61 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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Bettina Enigl

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

Short easy walkway to a nice waterfall. No seal pups at this time of the year though (October).

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Deniz Wintermeyer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

There is a little waterfall outside of Kaikoura, about 10 minutes to drive. The waterfall is about 10m high and 2m wide. If you are lucky you can see seals.

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Maura O'Connell

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely little walk through the forest to see a beautiful waterfall and it was incredible to see the seal pups. Go late in the evening, not so many people - actually we were alone!

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Niall Regan

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

This is an incredible experience that is 100% free. It is not overly crowded and easily accessible, Absolutely fantastic.

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Anmaurl Platini

Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful waterfall with seals.

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Nathalie Botz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Short walk to a small waterfall that is home to lots of baby seals. They are adorable and play with each other. Great stop!

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Sebastian Bauer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful walk to the waterfall and plenty of seal pups directly at the waterfall.

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Julia Hamblyn

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Easy and beautiful short NZ bush walk to amazing experience of seal pups frolicking in the stream under the waterfall. I think Dec to Sept is the best time to go to make sure you get to see the seals.

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Leonie Kaufmann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful waterfall and cute baby seals playing in the river.

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Claire Baron

United States

Ranking: 9/10

GORGEOUS! Adorable seal pups, unreal flora, well maintained path and beautiful waterfall. Downside - trail was very crowded and at points, too narrow to accomodate the crowds.

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Seal pups frolicking in an inland stream. Crazy.

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Samantha Heim

United States

Ranking: 6/10

Although the seal pups were darling the walk is too busy and visitors has no barriers from the pups. Some people were trying to touch them.

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Frankie Princide

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful trek to smaller waterfall with a bunch of pup seals playing in it. Was so fun to see so many cute seals having such a good time. Also free!

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Alison Seidl

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Short walk to a beautiful place. Felt so lucky to catch a big group of seal pups playing in the waterfall. Truly amazing!

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