Katiki Point

Image: Stefan Marks | Creative Commons

Introduction

Katiki Point is the southern point of Moeraki Peninsula. Visit to view the historic Katiki Point Lighthouse, Te Raka a Hineatea Pa site, yellow-eyed penguins, and fur seals amongst other marine wildlife.

Sea birds are a feature and none are more popular than the yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho and little penguin/kororā. The rock platforms below support a large colony of New Zealand fur seals/kekeno.

Katiki Point Lighthouse (built in 1878) is owned and managed by Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand. Close by is the site of the old Te Raka-a-Hineatea Pa.

The reserve is vested in Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu who manage the reserve in conjunction with Te Rūnanga o Moeraki.

From this Cretaceous sandstone and mudstone point you can take in commanding ocean and coastal views.

Yellow-eyed penguins

This is the most significant breeding site for yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho in North Otago. Keep noise to a minimum.

Stay on formed tracks. The beach cannot be accessed.

The lighthouse keeper's house is used as a private rehabilitation centre for sick and injured penguins and other birds. The centre is run by Penguin Rescue NZ. The trust and its volunteers protect penguins from predation by trapping feral cats, ferrets and stoats.  

New Zealand fur seals/kekeno 

Large numbers of New Zealand fur seals/kekeno haul out to rest on the rocky platforms around Katiki Point and Moeraki Peninsula. This is the main breeding area in North Otago. 

Birds

A variety of sea and shore birds breed here – little blue penguin/kororā, yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho, sooty shearwater/tītī, diving petrel, red-billed gull/tarapuka, spotted shag/koau pāteketeke, white-fronted tern/tara, variable oystercatcher/tōrea pango. 

Fishing

This is a popular recreational fishing spot for locals. Follow the signposted track to the point for coastal access.

The 600 m walk, from the entrance to the point, takes approximately 10 minutes one way.

For public safety reasons (steep cliffs), Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu close the reserve during hours of darkness.  A Ranger enforces this closure.

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