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Katiki Point Lighthouse

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Lighthouse Road | Katiki Point, Moeraki 9482, New Zealand
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Rugged coastal beauty

Katiki Point Lighthouse is one of our favourite spots to visit every time we come to Moeraki. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Timaru, New Zealand
Rare Yellow-Eyed Penguins

There are very few places left in NZ to view the rarest penguin in the world - but this is one of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mitchell O
Bryan, Ohio
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Katiki Point is home to New Zealand fur seals and Yellow-eyed penguins, along with many other coastal species. It is cared for by volunteers who have created a sanctuary for penguins. They optimize the habitat, maximise breeding success and survival and minimize disturbance. They need $20k per year to do this work so a donation of $5 pp is appropriate. The donation box is by the gate. The reserve is open from 7:30am to 7:30pm. Visiting outside this time creates stress on the penguins and in the past, has cost the lives of chicks so please respect this. Do not use a flash on your camera and do not go closer than 5 m to the wildlife. Retreat if they move towards you.
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Lighthouse Road | Katiki Point, Moeraki 9482, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Katiki Point Lighthouse is one of our favourite spots to visit every time we come to Moeraki. The wildlife that you can see on any given day is variable. Although seals will always be part of the mix, summer is the best time of year...More

1  Thank ruthie101_13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are very few places left in NZ to view the rarest penguin in the world - but this is one of them. With a declining population of around 3,000 (most of those in or near Antarctica), there are only around 300-500 nesting pairs of...More

2  Thank Mitchell O
Reviewed 15 November 2017

literally only a short drive from moeraki boulders lays this little hidden gem. im glade we found it as we got to see the most spectacular experience seeing seals in there natural habitat. it was amazing. truely recommend this place. it is a little bit...More

2  Thank James C
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Wow, there were seals all over. We got down to beach around 5:30 and were able to see penguins walking around the beach. So cool

1  Thank Swimmy128
Reviewed 3 October 2017

it's a secret place to observe penguin here. do watch & search around especially under the tree. saw a colony of penguin but from far. they are small. strong wind here do walk steadily. seal do look alike the rock. a lot of rabbits, do...More

Thank ufen5599
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Went down at 4.45 and braved a very cold wind. Nice track down and all well maintained. Do watch for rabbit holes. Saw one come out of the water and two already up by a nest. Gave up waiting for more as I think we...More

Thank 937liz
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This is the only timber lighthouse I have seen and is interesting to visit. There is a seal and penguin colony here too. We didn't see the penguins as we were not at dawn or dusk but we saw many seals.

Thank ian6633
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Need to get your timing right but if your patient it's worth the wait. There are binoculars attached to the hide window to help you spot the birds. It can be rather slippery to walk down the path, so wear good walking shoes

Thank shonadixon
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Best place I am aware of in this area for viewing Yellow Eyed Penguins plus seals. The hide is closer to penguins than Bushy Beach and if you walk down the headland you will see the penguins very close. Sometimes out of their reserve and...More

2  Thank bearcartlidge
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Decided to visit because we were so close to Moeraki. Definitely a fun thing to do. If you had mobility issues probably not recommended because of the terrain to get there.

Thank Heather D
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30 August 2017|
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Response from Holidreamer | Reviewed this property |
We saw them basking in the sun around mid morning.
15 February 2016|
Response from ruthie101_13 |
It is not wheelchair friendly unfortunately. You wouldn't get very far down the gravel path (about 40 metres) before coming to a narrow gateway, impassable for a wheelchair. Even if it were possible to get through that gate... More
How C
8 November 2015|
Response from RMNZ2014 | Reviewed this property |
The best time to see the Yellow Eyed penguins is sunset.(so between 5pm and 7pm) I think from memory the sanctuary closes at 7pm . How ever it may close later in the summer I don't no. Yes we did see some last time we were... More