Kaikoura Coast Seal Colony Walk

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There are a number of car parks along the coastal side of the road

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Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: East Coast, Northern end of the South Island
  • Distance: 0 km
  • Time needed: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 1m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: No
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: No
  • Last Updated: November, 2019
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Points of interest along the walk​

Point 1: Kaikoura Coast Seal Colony Walk

As you approach Rahautara at 22 km you will see a few seals on the rocks.  The main car park is at half moon Bay.  Once out of the car, you can stand on the edge of the road and look down at the seals.  If it is a little too crowded, drive another 3 ks north to Paparoa Point, were there is a car par and an overnight camp over.  You can walk out to the seals. But the rock you step on could be a seal, so be very careful.  Take a gas mask, the smell will knock you over.

When the seals are breeding, go for a walk up the Ohau Waterfall track, you’ll find young seals swimming at the base of the waterfall.

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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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