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“Lighthouse visit a must”

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 July 28, 2013

Following advice from other holiday makers, we visited the lighthouse just south of Moeraki township. The drive to the lighthouse is a bit rough over a lengthy gravel road but is well worth it. We finally came to the lighthouse, dropped a donation in the box then wandered down to the cliffs to look at the scenery. We were happy to see there were loads of seals under the cliffs, on the rocks, the beach and in the water. We watched them for a while as they are quite comical at times. The views of the ocean and surrounds are pretty special too. So nice to see things by yourselves and in their natural habitat. Take a camera for lots of photos and wear walking shoes as the ground is rough in places.

Thank Barbara L
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We were so surprised to find so many penguins and seals in that place. We visited this place late in the afternoon. Some of animals were standing/lying right across the path. You could stand face to face with these beautiful and curious penguins. Apart from watching animals this place offers quite nice views on the shoreline and sea. We found Katiki Point to be one of the highlights of our trip to NZ (and it's for free).

1  Thank PiotrNH
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We had a great experience here where yellow-eyed penguins (one of the rarest in the world, I learned) walked right up to us while we stood still yards away from them. We did not approach them but they were very curious and approached us. The view here is gorgeous and the penguins are a plus!

Thank Cindy A
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Amazing close encounter with penguins and seals but please keep your distance. We were amazed that both were relaxed with the proximity of humans. The penguins were close to the boundary fence and one was even on the walkway to the hide. We were fairly unimpressed with the hide but the open area on the cliff top was stunning. Seals were just relaxing on the top right next to the footpath. Everyone that we saw there was being respectful and keeping a sensible distance and the birds/animals seemed calm.

The best encounter that we had during our six weeks in NZ.

Note: toilet facilities are basic.

Thank Chris F
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This was the best ever, ever, ever experience we had in NZ and we had quite a few! We drove, in our campervan, up an unsealed road, which was quite long, to the Lighthouse, not too far from the Moereaki Boulders beach. We headed down to the left, on the cliff, where the penguin hide was. Coming up from the right we spoke to some people that advised us to go down where they had just come from, to see penguins etc. We took their advise, and glad we did, On the cliffs around us were, may'be 6 penguins "dotted" about. We could get close enough to get really good pictures of them, they appeared quite tame. We looked over the cliff to the right and found a family of seals with about 3 or 4 babies playing in the rocks. We stood for ages just mesmerised. We then walked along the right hand side of the cliff and saw more seals, birds etc. Did a walkabout and came back on the left hand side of the cliff, took a fantastic video of 2 young seals "play" fighting in the rocks. By the time (difficult to tear ourselves away) we got back to the bottom of the path, penguins were coming on to the beach and climbing the cliffs to find a nightspot. FANTASTIC. We watched them for ages as they walked across our paths and held their arms out as if to direct us on our way. After a long while, we decided to try the other path down to the hide, all we saw were 3 seals which ordinarily would have been a fantastic sight, but of course we had been spoiled. We went back on our original path (which was a lot less steep) and found penguins up in the woodlands, babies in burrows (like rabbit holes) and penguins on our path, moving to let us pass. It was so magical and forever in our minds. I do hope you are as lucky as us if you visit this area. We were hoping to freedom camp by the lighthouse, in our self contained campervan, but we were moved off as soon as the lighthouse came into action at dusk. No vehicles allowed after that time in the parking area. We drove down on to main highway and found a freedom space right by the beach just a mile or so along the way, how good was that?!

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