Katiki Point Lighthouse
Katiki Point Lighthouse
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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qlash
Portland, OR15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
There's a nice view as with almost any place in NZ near a lighthouse. I would say this is not worth the trek though. You must drive on a dusty road out to the lighthouse - leave your car and walk up around the lighthouse but if you're here to see Penguins you're no longer going to see them. They are endangered and now there are gates and fences and you can't see them. A frustration trip.
Written 24 February 2024
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Richard Healey
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The lighthouse and the surrounding area are behind locked gates. The site is open between 07:30 and 17:30 each day. Unfortunately those opening hours - and an ill-considered wooden palisade - mean that your chances of seeing the rare hoiho (yellow eyed penguin) are severely reduced over previous years.

While the restrictions are in place to reduce human disturbance and increase breeding success, I don't think the balance is quite right. The palisade for instance could easily have been constructed with camera ports - it wasn't. Most importantly, the opening times now severely limit your chances of seeing a penguin.

All that said, a lot of work has gone into making this an animal friendly place and it's an easy walk from the car park down to the headland. Access is via a gravel road, but it's short and well maintained. The track is well formed and suitable for wheelchairs most of the way although the grade will be too much for many without assistance.

You'll certainly see plenty of marine life including Australasian fur seals and keen photographers should walk right to the end of the track for the best photo opportunities.
Written 30 December 2023
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JohnTSanAntone
San Antonio, TX360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A bit of a hike down to where the seals hang out. They will be close and there will be a lot more down on the shore. Mid day there were no penguins.
Written 24 September 2023
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Learnhardway
19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Yellow eyed penguins are rare, but in the past have always been possible to see at Moeraki Lighthouse. The have stopped all that now by erecting a high, spike topped pallisade round the site with padlocked gates. You are only allowed in when the sun is well up and you have to leave by early evening. During your visiting hours, where are the penguins? At sea is the answer. Therefore, they want you to know penguins are there, but you don't see them. There is a lot of advice about not disturbing penguins. I suppose there is no way this huge nailed structure could have disturbed them?
I love wildlife and refrain from disturbing it, but I do like to see it and take non-flash photographs.
I guess New Zealand has damaged its nature so badly that it wishes to show constraint now after introducing many species without considering the impact. Rabbits were introduced for food. Without natural predators, they bred like mad. To control them they introduced predators without considering the impact on their flightless birds. So, they have laid poison all over the place to try and control the predators. They introduced deer for sport without considering the impact they would have on native trees and plants. Have they learnt? Well, you'd like to think so, but now they are covering the bare hillsides with pine forests. Have they considered the impact on species whose habitat is the bare hillside?
Wildlife wants leaving alone to deal with its own problems.
This is my own opinion. I have no wish to upset anyone, but I travelled a long way to see penguins go to sea, and saw nothing. You will see seals and sea gulls and other birds and the view is nice.
Written 30 January 2023
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BBB-MLJ
London, UK356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A great place to see sea life and birds.
There was a plethora of seals on show either bathing in the sun or playing in the sea.
It's a bit of a walk from the lighthouse to see the seals (about 10min) but well worth it.
On a previous visit we saw lots of penguins but sadly not this time - generally the penguins aren't out & about midday.
Written 15 January 2023
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Kiwidreamer
Auckland, New Zealand396 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Access to the light house is closed until September 2022, no signage before embarking on the side trip from Moeraki up to it. It was not until we arrived that we discovered it had recently been closed. Some signage at the start of Lighthouse Road would be helpful.
Written 23 May 2022
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Rod D
Balclutha, New Zealand66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Zealand1,176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Zealand774 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Zealand949 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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