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“Great value,great views”
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Nugget Lodge
Ranked #6 of 6 Kaka Point B&B and Inns
Surrey England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great value,great views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We spent three nights in the upstairs (Lighthouse) unit and couldn't have wished for more wonderful views.
The studio was well equipped,the king size bed being set back in an alcove and with sitting and dining areas to the fore.
We were warmly welcomed by Pauline who also provided us with a delicious breakfast tray each day with home laid eggs and bread and selections of spreads.
This is an ideal spot to visit the attractions of the Catlins.Many things are almost on your doorstep.The beach below was wonderful and although the sealions were not around during our stay we saw plenty of them on nearby Cannibal Bay and Surat Bay beaches. We also saw yellow eyed penguins coming ashore viewed from the hide at Roaring Bay.The lighthouse itself is an absolute must to visit with terrific photo oportunities.
This accommodation is peaceful,comfortable and comes highly recommended by me.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

After 2008 and 2011 we stayed again in this wonderful accommodation. We chose every time the Lighthouse Unit, so you have a fantastic view over the ocean and up to the Nugget Lighthouse. Even from your bed you can see the sea. The room is well furnished and nothing is missing. When ever we arrived we felt at home immediately.
Now there is also a heat pump, so the temperature is always comfortable.
The wildlife in the area is awesome, there is the penguin viewing spot near the lighthouse, fur seals at the nuggets, nesting areas of gulls, spoonbills and other sea birds. Even from the balcony you can observe sealions or you can view them at Sandy or Surat Bay, not far away.
The hosts Pauline and Willy are very nice people.
We loved this place so much that we are sure to come back.

Room Tip: The Sealion Unit is bigger and has a nice garden with a BBQ. The Lighthouse Unit has the better vie...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Great location if you want to stay in the Southland and be able to explore the Nugget Point area. We stayed in the Lighthouse unit which is the upper one with the view of both the beach and the lighthouse. The unit is about a 5 minute drive to the actual lighthouse on the point and you can see it in the distance from the upper deck. We arrived about 4pm, had time to explore the lighthouse area as well as see a couple yellow eyed penguins at the viewing hide just a few minutes away from the unit. During the evening, sitting out on the deck we had amazing view of the night sky and all the stars. The location has good east exposure so you can see the sunrise from the deck, or venture up to the lighthouse area for pictures. Pauline who runs the place with her husband met us as soon as we pulled up and made sure we had everything we need - excellent service.

Room Tip: Choose the lighthouse unit, as it has the best views. The lower unit looked fine, but I would have...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

If the relaxing sounds of the sea; fantastic views of miles of coastline; a lovely beach and the near contact with wildlife appeal to you, then the "Lighthouse Unit" at Nugget Lodge is the place for a wonderful stay in The Catlins.
Perched on an exclusive rocky outcrop at Kaka Point, the unit, along with its companion, the "Sea Lion Unit", offer clean, elegant and unrivalled accommodation. Cook yourself - each has a fully equipped kitchenette (including microwave) - or eat out at one of the cafes/restaurants in the relatively near area.
With so many amazing and wide-ranging attractions,The Catlins offer the visitor a fine holiday. Stay and relax a few days at Nugget Lodge.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Geelong Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

What an amazing little out of the way spot this is. We stayed in the Lighthouse apartment on the upper deck which had fantastic views of the coast and could see the sea from our bed! Fantastic hosts, amazing wild life right on your doorstep and perfect privacy. We took our own food and cooked for ourselves and had a wonderful stay-just wish it could've been longer!

Room Tip: Chose the Lighthouse upstairs
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Had a great stay at the Nugget lodge. Willie and his wife were great hosts. I stayed in the Sea Lion which was very spacious and has a yard that looks out on the beautiful coast. The location and view cannot be beaten. It is directly on the coast. You cannot get closer. The best location in Kaka point. The breakfast was excellent also. I only wish that I could have stayed longer. I booked at the last minute and was lucky that they had an opening for a night. When I am back in this area, I will definitely stay here.

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Nottingham
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103 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Nugget lodge has 2 self contained units; we were in Lighthouse on the upper deck which has a king bed, open plan living and the most wonderful views across the bay. Breakfast is provided on a tray which is a basic continental breakfast. If you want eggs and bacon, you'll need to shop well in advance of arriving in this remote corner of NZ. The lodge is perfect for visiting the Catlins and the wildlife in the surrounding bays; we were lucky enough to see and swim with the dolphins in Curio Bay ..... patience is required to allow the dolphins time to get used to you but the reward is huge as they come closer and closer and end up brushing past s their curiosity gets the better of them .... amazing, and free! The unit has wifi, full oven, microwave, dining table, freeview tv, comfy L shaped sofas, outdoor seating and the best view imaginable onto a beach which may as well be your own private beach; there were more sleeping sealion than there were people. Highly recommended accommodation, very helpful and accessible owners beautiful location.

Room Tip: Lighthouse sleeps 2 (the lower one sleeps 3 I think, maybe 4) and has the better views due to its el...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nugget Lodge
Address: 367 The Nuggets Road, R.D. 1, Kaka Point, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Kaka Point
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Free Parking
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Ranked #6 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Kaka Point
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2

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