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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One Response 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.

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