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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
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  • Nugget Point was well worth the visit especially if you are into collecting fossils. The walk to the lighthouse along the pathway has stunning and provided views out over the ocean. Down at sea level ...  more »
  • Nugget Point was well worth the visit. The walk to the lighthouse along the pathway has stunning views out over the ocean. Down at sea level you could watch the fur seal pups cavorting in the water an...  more »
  • I arrived by bike after about 200 km of pedaling along the Catlins. This is definitely the most spectacular, with a truly wonderful Lighthouse views!
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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.