Kaikoura Coast Seal Colony Walk

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

Quick Facts

        • 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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  • Transport

    Buses run from Picton to Christchurch daily. Ask the driver if they stop for a quick look at the seals.

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  • Driving Instructions

    From kaikoura driver north on highway 1 to Picton for 25 Km to half moon Bay. From there on drive slowly and look along the coast for seals. There are a number of car parks along the coastal side of the road.

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  • Map location of Kaikoura Coast Seal Colony Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

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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