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Katiki Point Lighthouse

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Lighthouse Road | Katiki Point, Moeraki 9482, New Zealand
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Best to visit at dawn or dusk

Spoiled by arrogant visitors not respecting need to stay a good distance from the birds. There are... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
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wildlife seen from the bluff

We saw a pair of yellow eyed penguins and a large group of fur seals on the rocks below the bluffs... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Sonja C
Los Angeles, California
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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 11 April 2017 via mobile

Spoiled by arrogant visitors not respecting need to stay a good distance from the birds. There are good viewing hides and no selfie is worth putting these endangered birds at risk

1  Thank BHarmer
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We saw a pair of yellow eyed penguins and a large group of fur seals on the rocks below the bluffs. Awesome!

Thank Sonja C
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Very underrated - definitely a must see part of your trip in Moeraki - right on the cliffs, entertaining sea lions, penguins, birds and a view as far as you can see

1  Thank Jodie M
Reviewed 1 April 2017

There are many places on the South Island to see seals etc, but we found this easiest and best. Lots of seals and penguins are found relaxing on the rocks and sand on the point just past the excellent lighthouse.

1  Thank ItchFeet58Australia
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The lighthouse and the views are amazing but I read up on the Yellow Eyed penguins after coming here and in hindsight am very surprised that the area has not been closed until the penguin species is off the endangered list. People are able to...More

3  Thank bearsontherun
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

There is a long gravel road in Moeraki leading towards the lighthouse. There you can walk along the cliffs and see sea lions, fur seals and penguins! We saw 4 penguins on a very cloudy day and quite close. It was really one of the...More

1  Thank François V
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Visited this place on 15 March during noon time. Was surprised to see so many seals (more than 100 I think) and 2 yellow eyed penguins!! Definitely a right place to go!

Thank Alva C
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Watch sea lions, seals, and yellow eyed penguins in their natural environment. A short walk on well formed track. Spectacular sea views. Original lighthouse.

Thank Holidreamer
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Would definitely recommend visiting Katiki Point lighthouse, it's much more than just a lighthouse! To watch the seals playing, swimming in the rock pools or sun bathing amongst the rocks and kelp was a highlight. The various seabirds including a lone penguin was also great...More

Thank Janine4237
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We went on a blustery, rainy day and it was still worth it. 100's of fur seals cavorting in the lee side of the point. Yellow eyed seals can be seen also.

Thank tom9123456
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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.
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