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Katiki Point Lighthouse

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Great- spotted seals and penguins

Great views and lovely view. Saw lots of seals, and then a pair of penguins (towards the end). Lots... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2018
Dr_Rebecca_P
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London, United Kingdom
Seals and penguins galore

We were lucky enough to see may seals and several pairs of penguins that seemed to delight in... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2018
Ali-Henrik
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Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Lighthouse Road | Katiki Point, Moeraki 9482, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

Great views and lovely view. Saw lots of seals, and then a pair of penguins (towards the end). Lots of fun. Less busy than shag point.

Thank Dr_Rebecca_P
Reviewed 11 June 2018

We were lucky enough to see may seals and several pairs of penguins that seemed to delight in putting a show on for us , even though they were all totally wild

Thank Ali-Henrik
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Its a very rough walk, and there were seals all over the grass area. But our main focus was to find the penguins, very hard to find one. Not worth the time and this area was very windy too. Only if you had lots of...More

Thank itcheetam
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Last visited late 2014 when we saw several penguin pairs. This time just 2 pairs (although we heard more in the better-protected woodland) but the usual seals sleeping on the grass. At least they were sleeping until a party of moronic tourists, either unable or...More

Thank ATravellingWiilbury
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Reached via a long gravel road but worth it for the views. We were the only visitors and thoroughly enjoyed the blustery walk along the cliffs stopping to point out all the seals basking in the sun. Maybe not everyones idea of a tourist stop...More

Thank Aromajane
Reviewed 26 April 2018

The lighthouse is closed to the public but you can see the outside and can walk to the seal colony just a short walk away.

Thank 155richard81
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We didn’t see too many penguins but there were lots of seals. The views were breathtaking- the waves were crashing on the beach and seeing it was a sunny day provided us with lots of photo taking opportunities.

Thank Toni-Wayne
Reviewed 5 April 2018

There is a track over the cliff top where you can view the oceans and seals. You can see them in the sea, on the rocks and on the beach. A great place to view. However it is hard walking for those not so fit.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Been going there for many years and it is obviously becoming more well known. Sometimes you see penguins, sometimes you don't but there are always lots of seals. In itself the walk is short but lovely whether or not you see sea life.

Thank JMcKWashingtonDC
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

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 lighthouse was nice too. But you...More

Thank Peter H
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AwesomeTeefa
30 August 2017|
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Response from Holidreamer | Reviewed this property |
We saw them basking in the sun around mid morning.
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Shazster
16 February 2016|
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Response from ruthie101_13 |
It is not wheelchair friendly unfortunately. You wouldn't get very far down the gravel path (about 40 metres) before coming to a narrow gateway, impassable for a wheelchair. Even if it were possible to get through that gate... More
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How C
8 November 2015|
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Response from RMNZ2014 | Reviewed this property |
The best time to see the Yellow Eyed penguins is sunset.(so between 5pm and 7pm) I think from memory the sanctuary closes at 7pm . How ever it may close later in the summer I don't no. Yes we did see some last time we were... More
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