Moeraki Lighthouse Walk

Moeraki Lighthouse Walk

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Katie

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 1 year ago

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Fabian

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 1 year ago

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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 about 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 almost 3 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 almost 3 years 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 about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ivanova R

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great for seal viewing.

Reviewed over 3 years 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 about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Lisa

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Easily accessible, free, great!!

Reviewed over 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Dianne van der Wal

Ranking: 9/10

This area is worth the visit, stunning views. Many seals around!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Bartlomiej Berger

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Free watching of the penguins (yellow eyed), in wildlife, exciting, gravel road to get there.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Markus Johannes

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

This is a magical place with seals and a yellow eyed penguin colony. You can get very close to the penguins but please: do not disturb them and please leave at least a small donation!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Danica Vrsaljko

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Yellow Eyed Penguins! A lot of them, also a very beautiful spot.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Matthias Thorn

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Drive to the end of the gravel road and walk down the hill. They try to reafforest the area whith native plants and trees. Maybe it is the second best place to spot yellow-eyed pinguins. And you con spot other Birds and sea-lions on the rocks and beaches. The Lighthous itself is not worth to be mentioned.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Anouck Roudet

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot to see yellow-eyed penguins for free. There is a little track and some hides to observe them, thanks to volunteers. They did a great job looking after the penguins.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Reto

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of yellow eyed penguins near the lighthouse at 5pm.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Terry Seaman

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was by far THE BEST place to see penguins and seals up close. I can't believe it's free. We were able to come within a meter of wild penguin chicks and lounging seals in their natural environment. The hideaway hut provided an excellent shelter from the rain and wind while we watched yellow-eyed adult penguins (we saw five) pop out of the surf, waddle through a gauntlet of lounging seals and disappear into the brush to the chicks. The trails and hut are well-maintained and allow for a wonderful viewing experience with little effort.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Thomas Roche

France

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful place where you can see penquins and sea lions really close to you.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Daniel McAlpine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great to see the Yellow-eyed penquins in their natural habitat.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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FlyingKiwiGirl

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The best spot to see yellow eyed penguins, give the hide a miss and walk the track out to the point(if the gate isn't locked) Be careful you don't trip over seals in the grass and watch for the penguins thay can climb high up through the grass. What an experience!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Tan

Thailand

Ranking: 10/10

see Penguins very very close !!! Just before Moeraki Boulders if you drive to CHCH. I love this place. Don't forget to donate.I have talked to someone there. They need money for penguins. ^_^ cheers

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Julien Panossian

France

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of penguins and babies with good views around.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Matthieu Daveou

France

Ranking: 9/10

It is a nice place.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Rey Germain

France

Ranking: 10/10

There is a shelter with binoculars, you just need to be there at the right time (1 hour before sunset).

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Andrew Newark

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Probably the best spot to see yellow eyed penguins for free.Saw several birds up very close along with a number of seal pups. Have to time your visit as the birds are more numerous towards dusk or late afternoon (a good time to spot them is Autumn-Winter due to daylight savings).

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Lea Roser

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

See sealions for free and very close.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Christian

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good option to see Yellow Eyed Penguin and seals very close - directly near the walking track.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Andreas Schacke

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Cute hidden shelter for watching penguins.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Stam

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Seal and penguins!! We did not see them anywhere else so close and so many.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Loic

France

Ranking: 9/10

Penguins and seals.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Sylvia & Garrit

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice place to see seal, yellow-eyed penguins and little blue penguins for free.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Vincent & Lian

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Never been so up close to a penguin. What a great experience. Pity only they did not show up on the beach. Further saw the seals and birds - WOW!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Urban Reifler

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

For free, you see many yellow eyed penguins.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Les and Carole Savins

England

Ranking: 8/10

Free viewing near lighthouse - excellent!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Michael

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Be patient and you will see them very close to you in the bush and on the beach.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Balonno

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Thomas Reidinger

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

With a little patience you can see yellow-eyed-penguins for free.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Manu & Gabi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Also good to visit is the lighthouse near Moeraki (street through Moeraki) seals and penguins!!! Very near!!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Philippa Waters

England

Ranking: 10/10

Seals and yellow eyed penguins in abundance, lying in the walking track. Great scenery.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Judith K.

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Go from Moeraki Lighthouse carpark to watch the penguins with chicks and seals with baby seals.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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davidm239

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

We visited the penguin viewing hide near the lighthouse and watched a Yellow Eyed penguin standing out in a paddock at 11.am!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Richard Pearson

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A great experience, with great penguin viewing set up by DOC.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Horst

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Yellow eyed penguins, blue penguins, seals, sea lions. Beautiful hidden lookout - very few tourists.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Raewyn

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Thanks to local enthusiasts, this hide (complete with binoculars) is an unexpected bonus - we saw six Hoiho, adult (moulting) and juvenile. But please respect the birds and facility - and leave a donation.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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DavidHilton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great to see the penguins and seals walking up.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009