Ohau Point

SH I North of Kaikoura
Clarence, Canterbury
Along the coastal road 300 metres north of the Point a short easy track ducking under the railway line leads to a waterfall on the Ohau Stream. (10 mins)

This the main seal breeding site in the area.

The most common seals in New Zealand waters, kekeno are very good swimmers and can cover large distances. Fur seal pups tagged on the west coast of the South Island travel as far a field as Australia.

Generally fur seals occupy rocky shores in places that have some protection from heavy seas. Occasionally when on land they can become disoriented and have been found in unexpected places such as back-yards, drains and streets.

Fur seals have clearly visible external ears, a pointed snout and long pale whiskers. Their coat is a dark grey-brown on the back, and lighter below. The thick under-fur is a rich chestnut colour. Sometimes the longer upper hairs have white tips, which give the animal a silvery appearance.
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