Katiki Point Lighthouse

Katiki Point Lighthouse, Moeraki: Address, Katiki Point Lighthouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Katiki Point Lighthouse
4.5
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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.
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Rod D
Balclutha, New Zealand65 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
A neatly cared for short walk to spots neatly above NZ Fur Seals that made for excellent watching.

7:30am is surely too late to see penguins heading out in the summer and the gate wasn't opened until 7:40.

Looking out to the South we saw dolphins including mum's nursing babies which was cool and definitely our highlight.
Written 10 January 2022
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand693 contributions
Dec. 2021
Short stroll to the lighthouse from the car park, but the weather was a little wild so our walk was short and sweet. Would love to come back and explore the walkway.
Written 7 December 2021
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Bruce M
Dunedin, New Zealand740 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Couples
Amazing coast area. Brilliant views out over the ocean. Seals and gulls all over the place. The tracks keep you away from the penguins.
Best of it's a free walk.Thanks Moeraki ruananga for sharing.
Written 28 August 2021
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand741 contributions
Jan. 2021 • Couples
Possibly best reserved as a fine weather exercise since you are in quite an exposed area all of the time. However, irrespective of the weather, you are likely to not only encounter a lighthouse that is very interesting on its own, but also an abundance and variety of wildlife and wonderful scenery. A trip to Moeraki, no matter how long or short, would be incomplete without spending a little time at this beautiful spot.
Written 14 January 2021
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Oskar_Baxter
Canterbury Region, New Zealand296 contributions
Jan. 2021 • Couples
Far more interesting than the nearby boulders, the pleasant walk around the lighthouse is rewarded with great views of the sea, mountains, sea lions, and the occasional penguin.
Written 3 January 2021
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Kelly Seales
Dunedin, New Zealand10 contributions
Jun. 2020 • Friends
We had a blast in Moeraki on our week break. We visited the lighthouse twice. We all loved the wildlife out there, so much to see. Seals, Sea lions both with young. Also Yellow eyed penguins. In the ocean we saw Common dolphin and Hectors dolphins and heaps of other wildlife. We are so lucky to have this at our back door. I highly recommend a visit but be respectful and keep your distance :-)
Written 13 June 2020
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Suera
Manitoba, Canada64 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Great hike down to the seal colony. Just lovely. Lots of seals. Highly recommend taking the time to go if you like ocean and seals
Written 3 May 2020
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OutiMK
Helsinki, Finland156 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Really great and happy to recommend! A hidden jem I would say, not many people and a nice walk ”down to the beach”.

Note, a narrow road to get to the lighthouse, we were driving a motorhome so we were careful and drove slowly! And quite limited parking spots (ok, but probably can get busy).

We saw two yellow-eyed penguins just hanging out and easily visible! And ofcourse lots of sealions. We visited at around 5PM.

Really liked the vibe and atmosphere, not touristic at all!! Which was great. Only about 15 people and us. Free of charge, but you can chip in some coins to support the Lighthouse and the penguins.
Written 4 March 2020
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IainR
Whangarei, New Zealand810 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We drive to Katiki Point Lighthouse from our campsite. It is a lovely 5-10 minute walk to the peninsula where the seals and penguins are. We saw lots of adult seals on the left side and many young seal pups on the right side in calmer waters. We didn’t see any penguins but it was a lovely walk never the less.
Written 26 February 2020
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Mumma&Co
Timaru, New Zealand3,878 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Family
Short drive from Moeraki then a walk for approx 10 minutes. Saw lots of seals & penguin nesting areas. Too early in the day to see penguins. Just enjoyed the natural ambience & ruggedness.
Written 23 February 2020
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