Kātiki Point

  • 30 min return by the same track
  • Easy

A short peninsula walk near Moeraki, exploring an historic pā site and offering close encounters with yellow-eyed penguins / hoiho.

Key information
Walking time
30 min
Distance
1.4km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Lighthouse Road, Moeraki
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Maps
NZTopo50-CD18
Altitude
10m – 45m
Altitude change 35m

Moeraki is a small seaside settlement south of Oamaru. Follow Lighthouse Road over rolling farmland to the Kātiki Historic Reserve. This reserve is managed in partnership with the Department of Conservation, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and the local Moeraki runanga. 

From the car park and through a gate, an easy track leads past the lighthouse (built 1878) and down to the coastline. Penguins are easily heard calling in the nearby scrub. The beaches are a striking orange. Look out for fur seals and penguins. Penguins are most likely to be onshore early morning and late afternoon. This site is a good bet to see yellow-eyed penguins up close, and is a key breeding site for what is one of the world's rarest penguins.

The track leads out onto the headland.  This headland is the site of Te Raka a Hineatea Pā. The pā was constructed around 1750 by the Kāi Tahu rangatira, Taoka. 

Map
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ID 16724

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Added 7 November 2018 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
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