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“A Lighthouse, Seals, Yellow-Eyed and Blue Penguins!!!”

Katiki Point Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Moeraki
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2014

A local directed us here as a good place to see the penguins. The lighthouse was a bonus, just a short distance from Moeraki Village it was a nice winding drive in the country. To the left of the lighthouse is a gravel walkway that leads down to the blind for viewing seals and penguins. We did see the seals at the blind but no penguins. After leaving the blind and walking back up the trail we took a path that was along a fence to the left. After a short walk we came to a Yellow-Eyed Penguin just laying on the trail and a baby blue Penguin in a nest hole right next to the trail...it was Awesome!

Thank Takarehi
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

We heard about the Katiki Point as a great place to see the yellow-eyed penguins up close and personal without having to pay the big fees of some other places. The windy road takes you from the Highway 1 towards Moeraki, and then there is a cut-off to the Lighthouse. It was very windy up there, so be prepared for this. It's possible to go down to the viewing hut and wait for the penguins, but if you're lucky you can also see some of them in the bushes as you walk down to the viewing point. We saw two in the bushes, and it was about 2 metres away from us. It seems they are quite used to people, so it didn't mind having an audience.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Just beyond the Moeraki Boulders turnoff is the one to the Lighthouse. This requires some navigation onto gravel roads. Navigation is also an issue when walking down to the lighthouse and separate point. There is a good path and then it moves onto grass beware of the holes.

All is worth it for the sightings of penguins and frolicking seals. Do not approach the penguins as a guide will be swift to ensure that one stays the statutory 15 metres away.

Thank SueKot
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

This is a great place to see the rarest penguin in the world. The excellent blind is down a steep path. It was very hard work getting our daughter down and back up in her pram, but she loved watching the fur seals from the blind. We also saw a penguin emerge from the sea. We saw penguins even closer out near the end of the point on the other trail, and our daughter saw them too. The upper trail was easier to negotiate, but the penguins were less active. I was disappointed to find that the fishing area was closed. The lighthouse itself is worth the drive out there, and it does not require so much work to see.

Thank SouthSeasAmerican
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

I grew up here for the first 3 years of my life(my Dad was the Lighthouse keeper), so it was an incredible place for me to revisit with my own teenage children! Great old Lighthouse which used to be called Moeraki Lighthouse when we lived here. Great wildlife to see nearby also.

Thank Gael B
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