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Nugget Point, Balclutha
(4.9/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Take in the sweeping views and abundant wildlife at Nugget Point, an iconic landmark on the Catlins coastline. Enjoy the easy walk out to the stout lighthouse, built in 1869 to protect ships from the rocky islets--or nuggets--which give the promontory its name. Take a short walk out to neighboring Roaring Bay to visit the bird blind, from which you can watch for penguins, gannets, and spoonbills. Fur seals frequent the waters around the point, as do sea lions and elephant seals, and if you're lucky you might catch sight of a passing dolphin, orca, or humpback whale. To visit Nugget Point on your holiday in Balclutha, and find out what else Balclutha has to offer, use our Balclutha vacation builder.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • After a short walk up the hills we enjoyed the great view of Nugget Point. Stunning landscape - reminds of Pirates of the Carribean! 
  • One of the places that I liked most of New Zealand, the landscape is amazing and worth the short walk to the lighthouse to admire the views.
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  • At the end of the gravel track there are car parks for either Roaring Bay or the Nugget Point lighthouse. The Bay is stony, hence the name as the waves drag the pebbles back. We didn't see any penguin...  more »
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  • Incredible view. Go beyond the lighthouse and get amazing shots standing on top of last hill! Stunning!
  • Incredible view. Take some binoculars and you'll see seals everywhere! You can see them clearly below without binoculars in many places.
  • Beautiful place! Scenic road from Kaka point to Nugget Point. Stunning view from the lighthouse and great atmosphere due to all the seabirds and the seals you can see on the rocks in the ocean. To see details of the wildlife you should bring binoculars.
  • Great views after a 900m walk over a very good quality walking track. Make sure your camera is ready to go for the great views.
  • Beautiful place! Scenic road from Kaka point to Nugget Point. Stunning view from the lighthouse and great atmosphere due to all the seabirds and the seals you can see on the rocks in the ocean. To see details of the wildlife you should bring binoculars.