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Nugget Point

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Nugget Point is one of the most distinctive places on the Otago coast: a steep peninsula with a lighthouse, surrounded by a group of rocks (the nuggets). From the viewing platform at Nugget Point lighthouse, you experience a breathtaking view and can often see seals on the rocks directly below the lighthouse – don't forget to bring binoculars. With a little luck, you can also see black-vented shearwater (seabird), a booby breeding colony, sea lions, and even Hector dolphins. From Nugget Point is not far from Roaring Bay, where you can see yellow-eyed penguins (the best time is early in the morning or at sunset).
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Update: February 15, 2023

By road

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.


-46.448024, 169.817187
46°26'52.9"S 169°49'01.9"E
59G 409154 4855492
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