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Roaring Bay

The Nuggets Road, Kaka Point, New Zealand
+64 3-415 8613
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Bring binoculars!!

Arrived here just before 6pm and managed to spot a penguin and a seal! Was amazing but such a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Devon, United Kingdom
via mobile
Be Patient

It was very exciting to see two yellow eyed penguins come ashore. We went at about 7:30 and saw... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gordon B
Vancouver, Canada
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“nugget point” (5 reviews)
“curio bay” (2 reviews)
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The Nuggets Road, Kaka Point, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Arrived here just before 6pm and managed to spot a penguin and a seal! Was amazing but such a shame you're so far away from it! Bring binoculars for sure! Could spend a while watching these animals!

Thank DaisyN91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very exciting to see two yellow eyed penguins come ashore. We went at about 7:30 and saw them at about 8:00. You never know exactly when they might come so you need to be patient. Don't expect to see large numbers of penguins....More

Thank Gordon B
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

I had BEST day ever. From a hide, we watched at lease 7-8 of these the world's rarest yellow-eyed penguins coming home at Nugget Point. Sorry for quality of photo. We forgot lens in a car. It's too freeze to back. The best time for...More

Thank AnttyWong
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Nice sealed road in to the small free car park area, with a toilet there. The tourist numbers have definitely increased over the years, and this may have caused reductions in the penguin population, especially with beach access granted during certain times of day. We...More

Thank Found_Lost_Key
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Your in for a true treat when you visit Roaring Bay, rare yellow eye penquin can be viewed from the DOC hide. Great viewing windows allow you to capture the early morning spectacle. Patience is key, listen to the chatter of these incredible birds. You...More

Thank GAM1965
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We had to wait for 1.5 hours, standing in a hide, until the penguins started to arrive about 7:30 pm or so. While we waited a conservation guide (at the hide) answered our questions about the lives of these penguins. It was well worth the...More

Thank Hannah W
Reviewed 11 February 2017

As a family we holidayed at Kaka Point for 20 years. Trips to Roaring bay and the Lighthouse were always a highlight. Disappointing now to see hordes of tourists head down to Roaring Bay to photograph a penguin. Its clear that penguin numbers have reduced...More

Thank Bikehikers
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Waited for two hours for a sighting and then saw a yellow eyed penguin coming home from a days fishing. Was very cool. Nugget point is an awesome place for views, and a chance to invoke some vertigo. If your anywhere near, make a detour...More

1  Thank classicchch
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Penguins, simply stunning and an easy walk. If you like penguins this will make you happy. Very helpful DOC worker (volunteer) and a good hide to see them from.

1  Thank Lamorna C
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This Northern entrance point to the Catlins District, has many places to stop, enjoy the view, fish, swim, picnic or walk... unfortunately camping of any sort (even certified self contained) is not a welcomed activity in this district. Goodness knows why; because as well as...More

Thank Zavija
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9 April 2017|
Response from Found_Lost_Key |
Hi there, Best viewing for April is after 4pm.. Good luck :-)