Kaikoura Peninsula Carpark Seal Watching

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Watch seals in their natural habitat. Please give respect and provide them plenty of space.

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37 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

15Oct18. We were here in 2014. What a difference since the earthquake. Last time we parked our van overhanging the wall a little and the waves splashed up over us. This time the waves didn’t get anywhere near.
On the plus side there is the old sea bed to walk on and the seals are still there but further out.
Don’t forget to go up the cliff walk at least to the first lookout.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views of the town and of the ocean. A nice loop walk with several alternative routes, appearing to be safe in high tide also, but be careful as always. Car park available. We saw a seal resting on the walkway from the car park. Enjoy them, but keep your distance - it’s their habitat, not yours.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Marek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Good place to see seals. Nice to see them sunbathing.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Anna Urbanova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect place to see these wonderful creatures. They are so lazy and funny!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Laura Leoekloek

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Great! Easy to go there. Fun to see and there are information boards. Plus it is free!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Lukas Trewel

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

You can see many animals from a distance.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Marie Vaillant

France

Ranking: 9/10

We saw a lot of sea lions, it is really amazing! And we did a walk of one hour with a really nice landscape.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sascha Kaffenberger

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Pure nature, you can see seal babies, you can see seals in their natural environment.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Anna Guttle

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Matias Santos

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

Nice stop on the road to see real nature. Seals are fun for kids and not that young.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Fabian Kukla

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We went to the beach and saw a lot of seals. Kaikoura is well worth a stop.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Anita Wallace

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

So many seals, amazing to see!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lars Barkhora

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

North of Kaikoura, good sight, just some seals relaxing in the sun. Nice to stop.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

37 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

Mike Fricker's avatar

Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

15Oct18. We were here in 2014. What a difference since the earthquake. Last time we parked our van overhanging the wall a little and the waves splashed up over us. This time the waves didn’t get anywhere near.
On the plus side there is the old sea bed to walk on and the seals are still there but further out.
Don’t forget to go up the cliff walk at least to the first lookout.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

S Weslake's avatar

S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views of the town and of the ocean. A nice loop walk with several alternative routes, appearing to be safe in high tide also, but be careful as always. Car park available. We saw a seal resting on the walkway from the car park. Enjoy them, but keep your distance - it’s their habitat, not yours.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Marek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Good place to see seals. Nice to see them sunbathing.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Anna Urbanova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect place to see these wonderful creatures. They are so lazy and funny!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Laura Leoekloek

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Great! Easy to go there. Fun to see and there are information boards. Plus it is free!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Lukas Trewel

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

You can see many animals from a distance.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Marie Vaillant

France

Ranking: 9/10

We saw a lot of sea lions, it is really amazing! And we did a walk of one hour with a really nice landscape.

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…

Sascha Kaffenberger's avatar

Sascha Kaffenberger

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Pure nature, you can see seal babies, you can see seals in their natural environment.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Anna Guttle

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Matias Santos

Argentina

Ranking: 8/10

Nice stop on the road to see real nature. Seals are fun for kids and not that young.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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

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Fabian Kukla's avatar

Fabian Kukla

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We went to the beach and saw a lot of seals. Kaikoura is well worth a stop.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Anita Wallace's avatar

Anita Wallace

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

So many seals, amazing to see!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lars Barkhora

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

North of Kaikoura, good sight, just some seals relaxing in the sun. Nice to stop.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016