Roaring Bay

Roaring Bay, Kaka Point: Address, Phone Number, Roaring Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Roaring Bay
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Gwyn L
26 contributions
Awesome seaweed!
Jan 2021
My son (5) loved the waves and the rocks, I loved the seaweed and solitude. We didn't see any wildlife but it was still beautiful.
Written 28 January 2021
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Antemo
Christchurch, New Zealand56 contributions
Great stop on the way to Nugget Point
Oct 2020 • Solo
I didn’t get to see the penguins as I was to early in the day but it’s okay. Lots of bellbirds singing and swallows darting and the beautiful views. The hide for viewing penguins is great, walk to the hide is a good path but may be hard for a pushchair etc. well signposted
Written 4 October 2020
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,202 contributions
Seeking solo penguin
Mar 2020
The penguin hide is located just off the road leading out to Nugget Point. There is a parking area however if it is full there is a larger one up at the lighthouse and it is not a huge distance to walk between the car parks. It is recommended in any case to visit the lighthouse for the scenery.

There is a short well maintained path from the car park to the hide which overlooks Roaring Bay. The hide didn't exist when we visited the area previously and it is a sturdy building providing some shelter but not much comfort.

When we arrived a DOC volunteer was already there and during discussion it emerged that the yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) population was declining and at this particular location was down to a few breeding pairs who had bred and departed. We were awaiting a solo penguin which had been spotted in recent times and could return to its nesting place anytime within a few hours window. What were the chances we'd see it? It's a bleak stony bay and as we stood looking out the open windows, scanning the shoreline I must admit my hopes were not high. After a half hour or so we were getting cold and in fading light decided to admit defeat. We have seen these penguins elsewhere in The Catlins years ago so it would have only been a bonus if this lonesome penguin had appeared by chance during our short visit to the Bay.

A few other hopeful visitors arrived as we departed anxious to hear if any had been spotted...not yet was our reply. They may have been fortunate.

We visited in March 2020, prior to Covid-19 lockdown.
Written 11 September 2020
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julietquilts
Athenree, New Zealand201 contributions
Lack of car parking
Mar 2020
The helpful lady at Owaka Information Centre had recommended us visiting Roaring Bay, but we were traveling in a camper van and the carpark above Roaring Bay only has room for 6 cars, and definitely not an area for camper vans. We were also there at the wrong time of day (early afternoon) as dawn and dusk are when you might see the penguins. So it was disappointing.
Written 10 May 2020
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Kerrin K
Wellington, New Zealand24 contributions
Catlins 2 day trip
Feb 2020
Loved this whole area. Could see and hear the seal pups calling and see them playing in pools out on the point. Stayed there for a while then drove down the road only to see that the hoiho lookout in on the other side. Went back at 4pm and spent 2 hours looking for hoiho, to no avail.
Written 12 February 2020
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Annfrew
Wellington, New Zealand154 contributions
Excellent because
Oct 2019
After an hour of freezing cold in the permanent hide I was rewarded by 2 (yes, 2!!) yellow eyed penguins who stood together on the beach preening themselves and each other before hopping across the rocks and up the beach. Had I had to return to the car penguinless the scoring would not have been excellent (just saying)
Written 4 November 2019
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Jan Willem t
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,454 contributions
Goos place to view yellow eye penguins and sea lions.
Nov 2019
This little bay is the home and breeding place for yellow eye penguins. There are 4-5 pair of penguins breeding in oktobre when we were there. They come back from the ocean around 7-8 o'clock pm. When we were there a sea lion arrived at about 6 pm and hide behind a large rock, probably waiting for his evening meal? The little cabin is a good view and photograph place to experience the wild life.
Written 1 November 2019
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Mark F
Auckland Central, New Zealand48 contributions
Penguins at dawn
Feb 2019 • Couples
We walked to the viewing hide above Roaring Bay just before dawn and were lucky enough to see three yellow-eyed penguins walk from their nests across the sand to the sea. Beautiful wild beach with the sound of the stones very loud with each wave.
Written 20 February 2019
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MJGx2
Cambridge, New Zealand251 contributions
Worth the wait!
Jan 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed the short walk & the view of the bay. It was a calm sunny evening when we visited.
6pm was a little early (7pm is a better time) to arrive for penguin viewing but our patience was rewarded. We were lucky to see 2 yellow eyed penguins come in from their day of fishing.
The hide is a good viewing point for these rare penguins.
Written 5 February 2019
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LoloMacky
Matakana, New Zealand16 contributions
Superb!
Jan 2019 • Family
Great little walk with the kids and we got to see some seals. Superb views! Highly recommend to stop it. We did not see the penguins but you can in the morning or evening.
Written 19 January 2019
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