Needles Seal Colony (B3)

The Needles rock formations and seal colony, northern Kaikoura Coast, New Zealand.

GPS: -41.906384° 174.112489°

Atlas map of the beach between the Waima river mouth and The Needles.

Atlas map of the beach between the Waima river mouth and The Needles.

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Carpark area at the Waima River mouth.

Carpark area at the Waima River mouth.

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Walking up the beach from the Waima River, the Needles in the far distance.

Walking up the beach from the Waima River, the Needles in the far distance.

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The beach walk to the Needles seal rookery.

The beach walk to the Needles seal rookery.

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Approaching Needles Point, Pacific Ocean on your right.

Approaching Needles Point, Pacific Ocean on your right.

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Needles anticipation!!

Needles anticipation!!

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Photo of my stopwatch. Yup, an 85-minute one-way walk to the Needles.

Photo of my stopwatch. Yup, an 85-minute one-way walk to the Needles.

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Thankfully the sun would pop out to make the Needles pop out!

Thankfully the sun would pop out to make the Needles pop out!

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Baby seals and scenic mountains. Wow!

Baby seals and scenic mountains. Wow!

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Surprised seal colony at the Needles.

Surprised seal colony at the Needles.

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The seals were as surprised to see me as I was to see them!

The seals were as surprised to see me as I was to see them!

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The kiddie-pool at the Needles where the young seals would frolic.

The kiddie-pool at the Needles where the young seals would frolic.

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Curious baby seals checking out the author-dude.

Curious baby seals checking out the author-dude.

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The most curious of the seal pups at the Needles rookery.

The most curious of the seal pups at the Needles rookery.

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He wanted me to come and play I think!

He wanted me to come and play I think!

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Needles Fur Seals

Needles Fur Seals

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A bull seal, his harem, and his young 'uns.

A bull seal, his harem, and his young ‘uns.

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Returning to the Waima Rivermouth from my foray to the Needles it was definitely time to have a beach bonfire and celebrate a day well-frenzied!

Returning to the Waima Rivermouth from my foray to the Needles it was definitely time to have a beach bonfire and celebrate a day well-frenzied!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Needles Seal Colony (B3)”

  1. Dirk Says:

    The seal colony is nice and the walk too. Right now with a lot of road construction, the carpark is used as a gravel holding area, just go past that to the smaller carpark without building equipment. A small river crossing in the beginning is needed, but just 10 cm of water for a few steps.

  2. Martin Says:

    What was mentioned as a small river in the other comments was not so small anymore at the end of summer with all the snow melting. Not very aware of the tide (my bad), I almost got caught between the river and the see when attempting to cross it. I had water up to the waist and my brand new passeport is not that brand new anymore 🙂 it was quite the scare but I could save my camera. If you want to visit the spot in the same period, I’d advise you to stop before the bridge. I passed there on my way back but notice afterwards it was a private property… but I’ve seen a road before so guess there should be some access…

    That being said, the needles were just magical. Really. All by myself with the seals with this impressive scenery, something to remember! Thanks for the nice tip!

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