Moeraki Lighthouse

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Moeraki Lighthouse which includes tranquil scenes, general coastal views and waves

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.

105 Cheap Hotels Near Moeraki Lighthouse

Kakanui Cube
Kakanui Cube
1 Nasmyth St, Kakanui, Otago
The price is NZ$408 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Situated on the beach, this romantic holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Totara Estate, Grainstore Gallery and St Lukes Anglican Church. Oamaru Harbour ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Lovely place to stay
"This is a great choice if you would like to stay in a really well-designed, comfortable, well-appointed, beautifully furnished property. Expansive views of the sea and countryside. Quiet seaside location within a short drive to Oamaru. Owners were easily contacted and really helpful. Fab choice of ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

Kakanui Cube
Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
24 Tenby St, Moeraki, Otago
Situated in Moeraki, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Moeraki Boulders, Moeraki Lighthouse and Hampden Beach. Shag Point Scenic Reserve is 9 mi ...
3.6/5 Good! (5 reviews)
Peaceful place
"Very nice beach cottage, close to the beach. Really enjoyed our time there Thanks"

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021

Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
The Mill House
The Mill House
3 out of 5
2358 Herbert-Hampden Road, Herbert
Situated on the riverwalk, this guesthouse is within 9 miles (15 km) of Hampden Beach, Moeraki Boulders and Totara Estate. Moeraki Lighthouse is 11.2 mi (18 ...
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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Brydone Hotel Oamaru
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The price is NZ$142 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
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Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
Moeraki Cottage overlooking the ocean in the Moeraki Village
24 Tenby St, Moeraki, Otago
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The price is NZ$408 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
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Beautiful ocean view from this lovely holiday home
2 Anderson Street, Kakanui, Otago
The price is NZ$202 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
Beautiful ocean view from this lovely holiday home
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