A living example of why the Kaikoura region is renowned as a premier NZ hotspot for wildlife, this popular - and free - attraction is a magical little animal encounter without any kind of cage or enclosure. Consisting of a stream and waterfall mix, in which fur seals who have made their way up from the ocean can often be found, visitors can observe the adorable animals enjoying playing in the water under the cascading fall. Located just a short and easy walk from the carpark which is around a 20 minute drive from central Kaikoura, simply follow the trail alongside the Ohau Stream to reach the tumbling Ohau Waterfall and you'll come across a wonderful spectacle. This phenomena sits on private land that has been generously left open to the public, and while it's free a collection box requesting donations is well worth the minimal investment of dropping some coins in for a "thank you." Lastly, visitors should be mindful and respectful of the pups, as they tend to get a little shy in the presence of large groups and loud noises.