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Trust me! It’s worth a visit...but not necessarily for the Lighthouse alone...it’s the spectacular... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Good for a day trip

Its only 1.5 hours drive from Dunedin and very close to Balclutha. If you're in the south island... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Esplanade Road | Catlins coastal area, Balclutha, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Trust me! It’s worth a visit...but not necessarily for the Lighthouse alone...it’s the spectacular views!! BRING BINOCULARS!! There are dozens of seals and babies down below, but harder to see without binoculars.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank livinthedream137
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely well worth the straight-forward walk out to the light house. Lots of photo opportunities and with a seal colony basking on the rocks below the track.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank seadragon99
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Its only 1.5 hours drive from Dunedin and very close to Balclutha. If you're in the south island, this is a 'must go' place. Not much to see, but the lighthouse and the rocks gradually dipping into the Pacific are great subjects for photographers. I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 13Neel13
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Fantastic walk out to Nugget Point where a lighthouse is perched on a spur of land. The walk is not difficult being relatively flat and only about 20minutes in length. I probably took longer as I was taking so many photos. The scenery is breathtaking....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 993anitat
Reviewed 28 June 2018

The scenery on the drive was stunning and they continued on our walk to nugget point. Unlike other reviewers, there was only about 20 people when we went, so I didn't find it busy. Amazing wild-life on the way- fur seals and sea lions.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Dr_Rebecca_P
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

The drive to area is only 20 mins from Town good parking and signage is well located along the way walk is about 900 m uphill but not overly steep, the view at the lighthouse is worth the time we could even hear the baby...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank P8805JTkevint
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Walked this track on a lovely Saturday afternoon. Always a very busy place. Would highly recommend putting this on your must do list.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank christinehutton111
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

10/10 it was the most BEAUTIFUL and PHOTOGENIC place I visited. We saw so many seals swimming around in the clear water with their babies. The views are wonderful. The walk there is easy and is stunning the entire way. An absolute must visit.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank mhk98
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Our visit was fitted in as a side trip during a drive from Dunedin to Te Anau. We had spotted the detour was about 60km and weren’t sure whether to embark on the extra driving. In the end we were glad we had. The road...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank iMunros
Reviewed 14 March 2018

A short walk to a very high view point. It's a long ways down but you can see seals on the beach. The parking lot is small however the turnover is fast.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from Allan O | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We drove from Balclutha so I can't help regards approach from Dunedin. The gravel road we travelled on wouldn't have been more than 3 or 4 kilometres at the most. As gravel roads go i would say that it was pretty good... More