Kaka Point

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Nugget Point Lighthouse which includes rocky coastline, mist or fog and a lighthouse

At the northern tip of the Catlins, this sleepy coastal town is surrounded by bushland, walking tracks and classic surf breaks.

Visit Kaka Point during the winter to appreciate a small town of friendly locals enjoying the solitude of New Zealand’s southern tip. In summer the population swells, the camping grounds fill and a holiday atmosphere fills the air. Kaka Point offers everything you need for a relaxed coastal holiday. Its proximity to some of the Catlins’ famous beaches, lush rain forests and gushing waterfalls makes it an ideal base for your stay in the region. Come for a daytrip to find plenty of entertainment in and around the town.

As the northern gateway to the Catlins region, Kaka Point is a great stopover on the Southern Scenic Route, the popular driving tour of New Zealand’s South Island. A picturesque camping ground surrounded by dense native shrubs is just a short walk from Roaring Bay, one of the Catlins’ most popular swimming beaches. Swim in the refreshing southern water in summer under the gaze of trained lifeguards or bring your surfboard to challenge the waves. Nearby Cannibal Bay Beach has two great surf breaks that suit surfers of all levels, as well as a resident colony of sea lions.

Follow the coast south to reach Nugget Point and the historic Nugget Point Lighthouse. Perched high above the rugged coastline, the lighthouse has been a fixture of the Catlins since the 1870s.

The main street of Kaka Point offers a general store, a restaurant and some accommodation choices. Sit down for a glass of locally produced wine and try the catch of the day as you relax after your explorations.

Kaka Point is located 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Dunedin, about a 1-hour drive. Buses service the area; however, renting a car gives you the freedom to explore the Catlins at your own pace. Bring warm clothes in winter, as temperatures drop quite low.

The Kaka Point Motels
The Kaka Point Motels
4 out of 5
24 Rata Street, Kaka Point
Fully refundable
The price is NZ$152 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Situated by the sea, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Kaka Point Scenic Reserve and Kaka Point Beach. Nugget Point Lighthouse and Cannibal Bay Beach are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (136 reviews)
"Lovely clean property was easy to communicate with owner good view of the sea. Really a must if going to the Catlins"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

The Kaka Point Motels
Kaka Point Holiday House
Kaka Point Holiday House
5 Miro St, Kaka Point, Otago
This family-friendly Kaka Point holiday home is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Kaka Point Scenic Reserve and Kaka Point Beach. Cannibal Bay ...
5/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
A great break away
"Lovely spot, walk to the pub and the beach. Super clean, great shower and awesome sunny deck. Steph is fantastic, really responsive. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

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Kaka Point Holiday House
Great location to get away with family and friends.
Great location to get away with family and friends.
16 Kamahi Street, Kaka Point, Otago
Situated in Kaka Point, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Kaka Point Scenic Reserve and Kaka Point Beach. Nugget Point Lighthouse and Cannibal ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Fabulous stay!!
"Great location, easy check in, kitchen well equipped."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

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Great location to get away with family and friends.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park
Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park
2 out of 5
324 Newhaven Rd, Surat Bay, The Catlins, New Haven, Otago
The price is NZ$94 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this New Haven campsite is within 9 mi (15 km) of Teapot World, Catlins Lake and Jack's Blowhole. Cannibal Bay Beach is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (62 reviews)
"Reception is very friendly and informative."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park
Kaka Point Holiday House
Kaka Point Holiday House
5 Miro St, Kaka Point, Otago
This family-friendly Kaka Point holiday home is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Kaka Point Scenic Reserve and Kaka Point Beach. Cannibal Bay ...
5/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
A great break away
"Lovely spot, walk to the pub and the beach. Super clean, great shower and awesome sunny deck. Steph is fantastic, really responsive. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

Kaka Point Holiday House
Great location to get away with family and friends.
Great location to get away with family and friends.
16 Kamahi Street, Kaka Point, Otago
Situated in Kaka Point, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Kaka Point Scenic Reserve and Kaka Point Beach. Nugget Point Lighthouse and Cannibal ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Fabulous stay!!
"Great location, easy check in, kitchen well equipped."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Great location to get away with family and friends.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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