Seals… lots of seals and a secret hiding spot near Kaikoura

There seem to be more seals in New Zealand than there are sheep.  We had two main seal encounters.  One in Abel Tasman and then several others near Kaikoura.  I wouldn’t have posted anything about seals because they are pretty common but I wanted to share a secret little spot that was very, very cool.  On the drive from Picton to Kaikoura there are several marked seal colony spots on the road but there is one that isn’t marked and it’s the best of the bunch.

It’s called the Ohau Stream Walk.  It’s marked by the blue pin on the map.

It’s about a 10 minute walk up to a little waterfall that is filled with over 100 seals and no other tourists around.  Most of them are baby seals so maybe they are only there specific times of the year.  The seals are very curious and come right up to you (especially after you’ve just had a big lunch of crayfish and didn’t wash your hands).

and another animoto video slideshow.   You getting bored of these yet… probably not because it’s likely I’m the only one who watches them :)

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