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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!

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49 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Teb

United States

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Sally Munday

Australia

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 7 months ago

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Hannibal Winther

Denmark

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 11 months 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 about 1 year ago

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Harold Booy

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ivanova R

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great for seal viewing.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in April 2016

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Lili Souris

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Lisa

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Easily accessible, free, great!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ludo and Cha

France

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 over 2 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 2 years ago

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Georg H.

Austria

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 2 years ago

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Eva

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was a short DOC walk to a lighthouse and a location with many sealions, penguins and seabirds. You could go to the sealions (seals?) up to 4-5 metres away! It was great!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 10/10

Penguins and seals. Very nice place but it was sooo windy.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

49 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Teb's avatar

Teb

United States

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Sally Munday

Australia

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 7 months ago

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Hannibal Winther

Denmark

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 11 months 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 about 1 year ago

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Harold Booy

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ivanova R

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great for seal viewing.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in April 2016

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Lili Souris's avatar

Lili Souris

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Lisa

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Easily accessible, free, great!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Ludo and Cha

France

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 over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2015

Boukje Diijkstra's avatar

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 2 years ago

Award-1-24px Congratulations Moeraki Lighthouse Walk

Top Ranked Awards 2015 Seal Watching Winner

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Georg H.

Austria

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 2 years ago

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Eva

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was a short DOC walk to a lighthouse and a location with many sealions, penguins and seabirds. You could go to the sealions (seals?) up to 4-5 metres away! It was great!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 10/10

Penguins and seals. Very nice place but it was sooo windy.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago