Katiki Point Lighthouse, Moeraki

Visit the southern point of Moeraki Peninsula at Katiki Point Lighthouse, home to fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins. Take a tour of the historical lighthouse that dates from 1878 and enjoy the magnificent coastal views. Enter a reserve and view a breeding site for yellow-eyed penguins from a bird hide, where you can observe with disturbing the animals. Remember to keep noise to a minimum and remain off the beach. Keep your eyes peeled for native fur seals, too, which laze on rocky platforms around the coast. If you go to fish, be sure to use the designated coastal access point. Put Katiki Point Lighthouse into our Moeraki road trip planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Moeraki.
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  • Nice nature park. After a very short walk you get close to the sea where the seals rest and just enjoy their lives. Some of them are very close, too. Enjoyed the trip. And there was no fee. The lighth...  more »
  • While the beaches of Oamaru are now closed to tourists, due to a lack of respect to the thousands of new Chinese tourists, this reserve allows to observe sea lions in peace, and "proximity". that is to say respecting the distances and their needs, but not with dozens of meters either. very nice headroom and beautiful... free walk.
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  • We saw two seals right by the path in addition to the many others we saw by the ocean's edge. The views of the rocks and the ocean alone are worth the trip.  more »
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  • Well maintained trail to the lighthouse and the point. The lighthouse doesn't look like it's ever open and is fenced off so if you're going just for the lighthouse, it's a little disappointing. But if you like wildlife, it's a cool spot. Past the lighthouse, on the rocks and in the water below, we saw a ton of sea lions and their little baby pups and got to see a juvenile yellow-eyed penguin molting. Beautiful spot. Saw several people who had brought picnics or were just basking in the sun.
  • Great place to visit. A little stroll from the parking area. We arrived at around 7pm and saw the yellow eyed penguins making their way to the sea - amazing. Also saw seals. Think it shuts at 7.30pm so arrive early enough to spend some time there.
  • Great spot for Seal spotting. No penguins while we there during the day but they'll be there at dusk. Historic lighthouse.
  • Perfect spot for wildlife lovers!! We saw a couple yellow eyed penguins, one really close in the bush next to the path. Lots of seals and sea gulls including chicks. This is probably one of the best places we’ve been to so far on South Island for wildlife watching. The place was open from 7:30am -7:30pm when we went in Dec 2017.
  • Good spot to view seals and penguins. Be sure to stick to the opening hours otherwise you risk getting locked in. The lighthouse itself isn't anything special, but the surroundings make it worthwhile.

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