Moeraki Lighthouse Walk

Moeraki Lighthouse Walk


53 Rankers Reviews

38 Face-to-Face

4 Seal Watching

2 Penguin Watching

2 Oamaru

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View from Moeraki Lighthouse
Another Lighthouse on prime real estate
Moeraki Boulders


Penguin + Seal Viewing. Time: From 20 mins to 1 hour

Head along the beach from the famous boulders to the lesser known Moeraki lighthouse. Located at the end of Lighthouse Road in Moeraki, the lighthouse is dates back to 1876 and is still in use.

The coastline boasts fur seals, shags and Yellow-eyed penguins (Hoiho). Keep a respectful distance from the wildlife, seals can move pretty quickly when they want!


Feature Value Info


Umbrella Organisation

Non-profit organisation


South IslandCoastal OtagoOamaru


  • Seal Watching
  • Penguin Watching
  • Walking
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 51.

Katie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Incredible- saw sea lions and many yellow eyed penguins!! Went at approx 5-5:30 pm and walked past the lighthouse and cownpaddocks to the end of the walkway- could’ve touched a baby sea lion and walked through at least 20 adults. Saw a group of penguins come up on land- so close! Do not miss- we were sceptical but are now very impressed.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Fabian's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Super nice place! Saw three penguins and loved every moment of that.
Lots of seals, some chilling in the grass like 5 meters from the path. Keep your distance though.

Easy walk, not too full.
We went at around seven PM.

Note: the area is being closed around 7:30 so don't come too late.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Teb's avatar


United States

Ranking: 8/10

An easy walk and nice views, but the lighthouse is fenced off. What’s up with that? :(

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Sally Munday


Ranking: 10/10

Well worth the detour. Easily accessible in giant 6 berth camper. Good parking, short walk to see seals all over the place, on the beach and in the fields. Didn’t see penguins today.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Hannibal Winther


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience! We saw penguins and seals. It was easy to go around and you really get the chance to see the animals in the wild.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Samantha Brewin

Ranking: 9/10

Easy drive out along a well maintained dirt road. The view was nice but the opportunity to see wildlife was awesome! Please keep to the track and be quiet and respect the wildlife...keep your distance!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Harold Booy


Ranking: 10/10

Great place to see wild penguins up close for free, also many seals.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ivanova R


Ranking: 10/10

Great for seal viewing.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Lili Souris


Ranking: 10/10

Nice short walk. A lot of seals and yellow-eyed penguins!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Lisa's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Easily accessible, free, great!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ludo and Cha


Ranking: 10/10

We missed the turn off to our campsite and turned to a lighthouse driveway. At the far end, a beautiful free and wild reserve where you can walk to seals and penguins 'home'. Magic!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Boukje Diijkstra

Ranking: 10/10

More than a hundred seals swimming, playing and lying around. You can see them from above (20-30 metres), but some of them were lying in the grass and you could walk along side them. Also four penguins, fantastic! Very windy at some places.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Georg H.


Ranking: 3/10

What a disappointing place! The description says it's lesser known than the Moeraki Boulders. In the end it was totally crowded with much more people than at the Boulders. Lots of people and families. Was there at 5:30pm... Fences everywhere so you can't really get close to whatever you want to see. Another sign that too many people are visiting this place. The hidden penguin lookout was also closed. For me it was a 1/10, because I went there for seeing penguins, but rated with 3 because at least you can see seals there (which you can see at several other places in the Otago area with fewer people). Would not recommend this place, what a waste of time.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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