We were so lucky to be there on a gorgeous sunny and hot day. The sea was flat calm, which made it very easy to see the seals swimming in the rock pools and small bays below. Biggest sea kelp we have ever seen too. The path to the lighthouse is 900m each way and is a fairly easy walk, though if you had children with you, you would need to be fairly vigilent as there are no guard rails. And crowning the whole lot is one of New Zealand's oldest working lighthouses. A short drive down the hill is another car park and a track leading to a look-out at Roaring Bay where we were thrilled to watch a rare yellow-eyed penguin swim ashore amongst the waves, then waddle up the beach, and climb the hill to its nest. Such a special sight. Nugget Point was the highlight of our Catlins trip.
If there is anything negative to say about the whole area, it is the occasional gravel roads which lead to some of the best coastline. Very dusty in the summer!
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