Who says lions are the kings of animals? After watching the seal colony at Ohau point, North of Kaikoura, New Zealand, you might re-consider this. Seals do behave like they are kings of the world! I had seens many seals at Cape Cross in Namibia, but those New Zealand cousins were reall cheeky!
INFO & PLANNING TIPS – OHAU POINT SEAL COLONY
You can see few seals very close at the beginning of the Kaikoura peninsula walk but if you want to see a portion of a huge colony, you should drive 20 minutes North to Halfmoon bay and Ohau point. The seal colony settled for several km on the rocks at the bottom of the cliff. It is a great spot to observe the seal colony without intruding. They are close enough to spot but protected from too close contact.
Kekeno (New Zealand fur seal) return to Ohau Point Seal Colony to give birth between November and December each year. It is considered by many as the best place to observe seals in their natural habitat in New Zealand. For more information on Kekeno fur seals, the department of conservation website has a great dedicated page).
TIPS FOR TRAVEL PLANNING ADDICTS – Ohau Point Seal Colony
Getting to Ohau Point Seal Colony
- 25km North of Kaikoura along Highway 1 you will find signs indicating the colony and can stop at the Ohau point lookout
Visiting Ohau Point Seal Colony
- You can wander along the road to see more of them but be very careful, it is after all a highway
- There are a number of other carparks along the road allowing you to observe the colony
- When the seals are breeding, during the winter months, you can go for a walk up the Ohau Waterfall track and you’ll find seal pups swimming at the base of the waterfall and seals in the stream up (more info and a video on the Department of conservation website, and a great post from young adventuress who went to see those baby seals).
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MY BEST SHOTS OF SEALS AT OHAU POINT
We stopped for quite some time along the highway to observe those fascinating animals and their behavior. The group enjoyed it so much that the tour guides had a lot of difficulty bringing us all back on the bus
We saw some playing with the waves, sticking their tongue out or just looking out for each others. Other were quite noisy. I can spend hours watching wild animals. I find it captivating.
Below are some of my favorite shots took that day. As you can see some sit like they areally are kings of this world. Nothing will bother them.
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