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“See the seals and maybe a penguin or two!”

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 April 24, 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 April 9, 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 April 2, 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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Reviewed March 25, 2014

We heard about the Katiki Point as a great place to see the yellow-eyed penguins up close and personal without having to pay the big fees of some other places. The windy road takes you from the Highway 1 towards Moeraki, and then there is a cut-off to the Lighthouse. It was very windy up there, so be prepared for this. It's possible to go down to the viewing hut and wait for the penguins, but if you're lucky you can also see some of them in the bushes as you walk down to the viewing point. We saw two in the bushes, and it was about 2 metres away from us. It seems they are quite used to people, so it didn't mind having an audience.

Thank Travel_Bug81
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Just beyond the Moeraki Boulders turnoff is the one to the Lighthouse. This requires some navigation onto gravel roads. Navigation is also an issue when walking down to the lighthouse and separate point. There is a good path and then it moves onto grass beware of the holes.

All is worth it for the sightings of penguins and frolicking seals. Do not approach the penguins as a guide will be swift to ensure that one stays the statutory 15 metres away.

Thank SueKot
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