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Scenic Location Among Sand Dunes, Beach and Seals

Located along the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail with a nice car park and toilet facilities. Not... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
West Lafayette, Indiana
Sea Life - Seals!

Access to Waipapa Point is down a few kms of gravel road (it's signposted from the main highway... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2017
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Apr 2, 2018
“Scenic Location Among Sand Dunes, Beach and Seals”
Apr 24, 2017
“Sea Life - Seals!”
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Located along the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail with a nice car park and toilet facilities. Not that remarkable as coastal lights go, but it is located on a very scenic section of dunes and beach that make it certainly worthy of a visit. It is...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed April 24, 2017

Access to Waipapa Point is down a few kms of gravel road (it's signposted from the main highway), and there's a Dept of Conservation car park and toilet at the end of the road. We had turned up expecting to see an emtpy beach but...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place with such a rugged coastline. Seals back into the cold weather and swimming. Accessible toilet though is NOT accessible as step up into toilet is very high.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank kiwivivr
Reviewed April 20, 2017

After traveling down a gravel road for a few kms, you'll come to the free car park area along with wheelchair accessible toilets and info boards. A short walk to the lighthouse and the surrounding beach which is full of different life forms, lots of...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed February 8, 2017

Waipapa Point is one of the suggested stops when visiting the Catlins, because it is one of the favourite places of sea lions and sea elephants. Getting there is quite difficult once you leave the State1 motorway. The road leading to the coast has no...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank AnnaTheGeographist
Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

We found them on the beach and in the water - outstanding - and throw in a yellow eyed penguin nesting for good luck

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank 510carmelt
Reviewed September 30, 2016

Great spot for a journey break, walk or picnic. This is a VERY exposed place with no shelter or protection form any weather, take care. Lots of seals, some sea-lions and sea birds. Places to walk, rest & view or maybe fish. This is under...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Xavier R
Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

The seals were out in force when we went - it probably had to do with the amazing weather we were lucky enough to get that day! Even though you keep your distance for obvious reasons, their safety and yours, it is still a special...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank DavidRogerJacob
Reviewed July 25, 2015

We were really hoping to see some seals in Waipapa point, but unfortunately, probably due to a rather windy day, the beach was totally empty. Still, the area is beautiful and the drive there produced several photo-ops.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank TheShis
Reviewed March 25, 2015

lovely area, pretty much guaranteed to see sea lions. Lighthouse very picturesque. Good info in the little tourist area in the carpark. And a loo if you don't mind a wee breeze from the long drop. Doesn't smell.

Date of experience: March 2015
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