Nugget Point Lighthouse

Nugget Point Lighthouse showing rugged coastline

Nugget Point Lighthouse

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Sitting high above the water’s edge, this historic lighthouse has been a fixture of the Catlins for more than a century.

Take a short drive from the centre of Kaka Point to reach the Nugget Point Lighthouse, one of the star attractions of the Catlins. Climb to the base of the lighthouse for sweeping views of the coast. Peer down at the five rocks below, known by locals as the Nuggets. At dusk the lighthouse is among the most popular spots in the region to watch the sunset and is a great place for a picnic dinner.

Enjoy the natural wonder and man-made history at Nugget Point Lighthouse. Erected between 1869 and 1870, the lighthouse had its oil wick lit for the first time on July 4, 1870. For nearly 80 years the flame guided ships up and down the coast before being replaced by an electric light in 1949. Since the late 1980s the lighthouse has been unmanned, but its long legacy of lighthouse keepers and maritime history continues to attract visitors.

Peer down from the lookout point immediately below the lighthouse to watch for the animals that live on or near the beach. Fur seals are common visitors to the Nuggets, while the larger sea lions, elephant seals and leopard seals also stop by the beach at times. Capture photos of dolphins playing in the waves offshore or make the short walk to Roaring Bay to watch as yellow-eyed penguins scurry across the sand at dusk.

Twilight is the most popular time to visit Nugget Point and its lighthouse, as it is one of the South Island’s most impressive spots for viewing sunsets. Pack a picnic to enjoy as you watch the coast illuminated by the fading sun.

Reach Nugget Point Lighthouse by car from Kaka Point in just 15 minutes. The more energetic can follow the road on foot for about 10 kilometres (6 miles) to reach the lighthouse. Ample parking is available and there is no admission fee for the area. The lighthouse itself does not allow visitors.

45 Cheap Hotels Near Nugget Point Lighthouse

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park
Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park
3 out of 5
324 Newhaven Rd, Surat Bay, The Catlins, New Haven, Otago, 9585
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$94 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 3-star beach holiday park in New Haven. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (63 reviews)
"It was an amazing spot with tidy spacious room. We truly enjoyed our stay there. Oh friendly staff as well."

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2022

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The Kaka Point Motels
The Kaka Point Motels
4 out of 5
24 Rata Street, Kaka Point, 9720
Stay at this 4-star motel in Kaka Point. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (139 reviews)
Well worth a stay !!
"A lovely motel beautifully presented. Friendly helpful staff. A beautiful view along the beach and heaps of outdoor space with our Motel"

Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2022

The Kaka Point Motels
Private Bush Clad Seaside Hideaway
Private Bush Clad Seaside Hideaway
Ahuriri Flat, Otago
Stay at this holiday home in Ahuriri Flat. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and barbecues. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (83 reviews)
Enjoyable
"Relaxing, peaceful, private, felt like we amongst the tree tops and birdsong..paul & Margaret"

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2022

Private Bush Clad Seaside Hideaway
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