Explore Ohau Waterfall

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Visit a picturesque waterfall by following this short walk along Ohau Stream and  visit fur seal pups swimming in the waterfall pool.

Prepare yourself for the cutest walk you will ever go on! This short trail follows a stream filled with playful, furry, seal babies! Over a hundred seal pups come to Ohau Stream and Waterfall every winter. They come here to hone the skills they will need on their own in the wild while their mothers are out at sea hunting. The seal pups play in the waterfall, nap, bark and cough a lot. It's almost too much to handle.

This walk is only a short drive from the Kaikoura Peninsula Walk, combine the two for a full day!

Note: The seal pups are very vulnerable. It is very important that you DO NOT touch, feed or disturb the pups. It is a great privilege to see wildlife up close an personal, please be a conscientious visitor.

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This walk is only 300 meters, just bring your camera and tripod.

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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Autumn, Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

0 Feet

Features:

Beach
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Added by Tobin Akehurst

I am from the Pacific Northwest, where the mountains meet the sea. When I eschew the trappings of the modern world and venture into the mountains I feel as though I am revived by simplicity, renewed by the power of violent geography.

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