Moeraki Lighthouse

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Get close to rare yellow-eyed penguins without disturbing their natural habitat and see the famous Moeraki boulders from this historic lighthouse.

In continuous operation for more than 140 years, the Moeraki Lighthouse overlooks the Pacific Ocean from its vantage point at the southern tip of the Moeraki Peninsula. The lighthouse is also known as the Katiki Point Lighthouse. Stroll along the scenic walking track past the famous Moeraki Boulders and colonies of fur seals to a cosy penguin-viewing hide that allows you to see rare yellow-eyed penguins without attracting their attention. The Moeraki Lighthouse attracts fewer visitors than many of the other beaches of Otago that seals and penguins visit, making it an ideal destination to observe them if you want to avoid crowds.

Start your walk at the end of Lighthouse Road, in view of the historic lighthouse. Still in operation, the Moeraki Lighthouse has been unmanned since 1975. Today the lighthouse keeper's house is used as a penguin rehabilitation centre for injured and sick birds. The reserve that houses the lighthouse is located 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) from the village or Moeraki and is the site of a Māori fort. Look through the reserve to find remnants of food pits from the Māori village that once occupied the space.

Follow the walking track to reach the edge of the beach and come face-to-face with the colony of fur seals that often relax on its shores. Access to the sand is not permitted here to protect the diverse wildlife that call it home. Continue along the track to reach the wooden hide that will provide you with shelter as you watch yellow-eyed penguins march up the beach. Visit at dusk or sunrise for the best viewing.

Complete the entire track in just 20 minutes. If you want to spend time watching the animals, plan for an hour or more.

Afterwards, visit the famous Moeraki Boulders and the Moeraki township for a meal or drinks with a view of the ocean. The Moeraki Lighthouse is about a 40-minute drive south of Oamaru. Ample parking is available in the reserve. There is no fee to visit the lighthouse surroundings.

93 Cheap Hotels Near Moeraki Lighthouse

Kakanui Cube
Kakanui Cube
Kakanui, Otago
The price is NZ$413 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this holiday home in Kakanui. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Lovely relaxing spot to stay with beautiful views
"This was our second time visiting and really enjoyed the clean and stylish accommodation with beautiful views. Thanks again :)"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2022

Kakanui Cube
Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
Moeraki, Otago
Stay at this holiday home in Moeraki. Enjoy on-site parking, barbecues and a patio. Popular attractions Moeraki Boulders and Moeraki Lighthouse are located nearby. ...
3.8/5 Good! (6 reviews)
Wee gem
"Great place with awesome views. Fire was on when we arrived, communication with owners before was great. Would highly recommend"

Reviewed on 6 May 2022

Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
The Mill House
The Mill House
3 out of 5
2358 Herbert-Hampden Road, Herbert, 9495
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Herbert. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (46 reviews)
"Appeared to be only ones there on night of stay. Room clean but dated. Staff had turned on heating in room prior to arriving as chilly, nice touch."

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2018

The Mill House
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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Old Bones Lodge
Old Bones Lodge
2.5 out of 5
468 Beach Road, Awamoa, 9495
The price is NZ$93 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
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Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
Moeraki, Otago
Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
The Mill House
The Mill House
3 out of 5
2358 Herbert-Hampden Road, Herbert, 9495
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Kakanui Cube
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The price is NZ$413 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
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Kakanui Oceanview Retreat
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Kakanui, Otago
The price is NZ$287 per night from 22 Jul. to 23 Jul.
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Beautiful ocean view from this lovely holiday home
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The price is NZ$217 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
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Poshtel
Poshtel
5 out of 5
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The price is NZ$155 per night from 27 Jun. to 28 Jun.
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Oamaru Motor Lodge
Oamaru Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
391 Thames Highway, Oamaru, 9400
The price is NZ$144 per night from 26 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Oamaru Motor Lodge
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