Nugget Point

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Nugget Point is one of the most distinctive places on the Otago coast: a steep promontory with a lighthouse and an accumulation of rocks (the nuggets). From the viewing platform at the Nugget Point lighthouse you have a breathtaking view and can often see fur seals on the rocks directly below the lighthouse – it is best to bring binoculars. With a little luck you can also see sea lions, black shearwater, a booby breeding colony and now and then also Hector dolphins. From Nugget Point there is an easy way to Roaring Bay, where you can watch yellow-eyed penguins (best early in the morning or at sunset).

Getting there

Cape Nugget Point is located at the northern end of the Catlins and can be reached from the settlement of Kaka Point via an approximately 9 kilometer long coastal road, the Nugget Point Road. A 15-minute walk from the parking lot takes you to the lighthouse.

Tip: To explore the south of New Zealand, you should not use Highway 1, but the Southern Scenic Route. This route takes longer, but the scenery is much more beautiful!


A free parking space is available.
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Nugget Point

Nugget Point Road 
 Catlins - Neuseeland
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Angela Bach 
Updated: August 20, 2019

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