Nugget Point Lighthouse

Amazing wildlife on a simply spectacular spur where the ocean meets the sky.

Nugget Point is an iconic panoramic platform on the Catlins coast with one of the country’s oldest lighthouses perched above the famous rocks named by Captain Cook because they looked like pieces of gold.

It’s a short stroll to the Tokata lighthouse, with sensational views of the big blue beyond. If you look down onto the rocks below the lighthouse, you'll see a colony of fur seals frolicking in the surf, make sure you bring your binoculars. It is also home to some of the world’s rarest penguins and one of the only places you might see seals, sea lions and elephant seals in the same area. There are also, sooty shearwaters, spoonbills and a breeding colony of gannets. If you watch the water for a while, you might see Hector's dolphins. It's an easy walk to Roaring Bay, where you can hide and wait for yellow-eyed penguins with their distinctive lashes. Early morning or sunset are the best times for viewing.

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