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“New Zealand's most beautiful Lighthouse”

Nugget Point/Tokata Walks
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Balclutha
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I love lighthouses and I have been visiting this lighthouse since I was a small child. Whenever I am in the area I try to visit again.

The road to get there is gravel (unsealed), a little windy and narrow in places, but it is worth it. Just watch out for on coming vehicles in places. The car park to get to the lighthouse is at the end of the road.

Then there is a 5 to 20 minute walk, depending on how fast you walk to the light house itself. The walk takes longer now than it use to as they had to move the car park down the road due to the number of people going to the lighthouse now.

You can go right up to the lighthouse and there is a viewing platform in front of it that looks straight out to the nuggets below. The track to the lighthouse is narrow (although a lot wider than it was when I was a child) with a bank on one side and cliff on the other, so hold onto any little ones.

As you go along the track do stop and look down towards the water, there is often lots of seals playing in the rock-pools. If you have binoculars take them with you.

I suggest you take a coat with you. Even if it is a nice day. When you get to the lighthouse, it is completely exposed and the wind can wipe through. So if you want to be able to watch the seals and spend time taking in the amazing scenery the coat would be useful.

You will get beautiful views and it is definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

The coastal line is really beautiful and its worth the drive on gravel and uneven road to reach the carpark. Give yourself more time for a walk to the lighthouse. The wind is very strong so be careful.

Thank lpypeiying
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Set aside ample time to go all the way up. The road to the carpark is on gravel road. Do be careful. From the carpark, you need approx an hour to reach the lighthouse. Unfortunately with an elderly mother, we couldnt finish the walk there. Its really beautiful there.

Thank leongmingjun
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We stopped here on our way from Dunedin to Te Anau. This lighthouse was put into operation in 1870 and has been in continuous operation ever since. It has been upgraded over the years to the point that the current beacon is an LED. The drive does take you onto an unsealed road (Don't tell the rental car company) that leads to a car park. The path to the lighthouse takes you along some shear cliffs. The views below and from the lighthouse were fantastic. We did see one seal basking in the sun.

Thank rrobbinsCleveland
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

The views from the light house are just stunning we used hillview camp site for our base and traveled the Catlin's just fantastic

Thank peter p
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