Seals at Ohau Stream
Image: Shellie Evans ©


The Ohau Stream Walk is unsafe due to earthquake damage and is closed until further notice.


Seal pups don't gather here now. The best place to view seals currently is at Kaikoura Peninsula, just south of the township, a short walk around the shoreline from Point Kean car park. Seals can also be seen from parts of the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. 


Track overview

280 m one way

Walking and tramping

10 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This short walk makes its way alongside Ohau Stream to a small picturesque waterfall.

During the winter months watch for seals in the stream that have travelled up from the ocean. There may be young, playful seal pups swimming in the waterfall pool.

The best place in the area to see seals is at the Ohau Point Seal Colony across the road from the track entrance.

Guidelines for viewing seals from the Seal Colony:

  • do not enter the seal colony by stepping onto the rocks from the carpark platform
  • view seals only from the carpark platform
  • do not enter the water at the Ohau Stream
  • do not make loud noise at the Ohau stream, especially if you would like to see more seal pups. Seal pups will hide in the presence of loud noise, and especially in the presence of large groups of humans.

Getting there

Start the walk from a car parking area off SH1, 27 km north of the nearest town, Kaikoura.


Kaikoura Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 319 5641
Address:   West End
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Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Address:   Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
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