Nugget Point/Tokata walks
Located in Catlins coastal area in the Otago region
IntroductionEnjoy dramatic coastal views from the Tokata Lighthouse and spot seals, penguins and other seabirds on these short walks.
Time: 10 – 20 min return
The well-maintained pathway suits all ages and leads to a viewing platform beside the Tokata Lighthouse – great seascapes.
The area is rich in wildlife. Several seabird species nest on the rock stacks including Royal spoonbills. New Zealand fur seals/kekeno also breed here, and other marine mammal species can sometimes be seen. In summer the ocean can be covered in large flocks of sooty shearwater/tītī.
This is a treasured site for Kāi Tahu.
Getting there:Carry on along the coast road from Kaka Point to the top Kaimātaitai carpark. Toilets, a viewing site and a picnic area are all nearby.
Time: 20 min return
Yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho can be viewed from the hide when they come ashore in the late afternoon.
To avoid disturbing these endangered penguins, do not go down to the beach after 3 pm. Instead you can sit or stand in the purpose built viewing hide.
Sea lions/pakake can also sometimes be seen on the beach.
Getting there: The carpark is 800 m before the main carpark, on the same road.
In Balclutha, turn off SH1 onto the Owaka Highway. Travel approx. 7 km then turn into Kaka Point Road, which becomes Esplanade Road in Kaka Point. Follow this for another 9 km.
- There are toilets at both car parks.
- No drones allowed.
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