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“Nice Penguins”

Katiki Point Lighthouse
Ranked #2 of 4 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 5 May 2014

A nice place where the rare yellow eyed penguins can be watched. Not too far a walk to reach the viewing spots. You could probably finish the place in about an hour. Great to drop by if you have the time.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

You will need a certain level of fitness for this walk so it didn't suit the older person in our family group. We had the worst possible weather but still saw yelloweyed penguins, seals and sealions and gannets, I think.

Thank rosieterry
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We were directed here by locals to see not the lighthouse (although its lovely and old-fashioned) but to walk down a track beside it from the carpark to see a whole colony of fur seals in the wild! There were baby seals plopping about, adults lounging, and even some cheeky seals having a splashy swim in one of the tide pools- all natural and wild- and very cool. There is a hide where you can look out to hopefully see some yellow-eyed penguins- at 4pm we saw none, but try to go at dusk to spot a few. There were very few people here when we went- it seems to be a little bit of a local secret.

Thank Mackenzie R
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

There is a walk to a little wooden penguin viewing shack below the lighthouse. Also - before walking down to the viewing shack - turn right to walk along a footpath out to a peninsular where there are many penguins and seals. A wonderful walk!

Thank jinpasangmo
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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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