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whale watch and seals

by frog_duh Online Now Apr 8, 2009 at 7:36 PM


Anyone knows if the whale watch is near where the fur seals are? walkable?

Not very keen on joining a day tour, thinking of exploring by ourselves but we are not driving (would probably take the train or coach).


p/s: thanks for all the replies to my other qns in the NZ forum... u guys are great!! :)

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    Re: whale watch and seals

    by unaS Online Now Apr 8, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    As I remember, the seal reserve is out at the end of the peninsula. The whale watch boats leave from the far side of town. A good 3 - 4 km. Walkable, but not a short walk.

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    Re: whale watch and seals

    by Kakapo2 Online Now Apr 9, 2009 at 3:46 AM

    Una has pointed out the seal colony at Point Kean on the Kaikoura Peninsula. This is indeed a lenghty walk from the town centre - and it is about midway between the Whale Watch Visitor Centre at the old railway station and South Bay where the tours start.

    The problem with this seal colony is that it is only accessible at low tide. You might spot some seals lying on the rocks at high tide but this is at quite a distance and not the encounter you are dreaming of.

    There are a lot more seals on the rocks further south of Kaikoura, and there is a fantastic colony at Ohau Point which is 20 to 30 km north of Kaikoura. For getting to the colonies further down south, it is too far away to walk, and it would be too dangerous, as there is no footpath along the narrow and winding State Highway that meanders along the coast.

    So best you check out the tides and walk to Point Kean when you can walk on the rocks at low tide.

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