Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Balclutha

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Take in the sweeping views and abundant wildlife at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, an iconic landmark on the Catlins coastline. Enjoy the easy walk out to the stout lighthouse, built in 1869 to protect ships from the rocky islets--or nuggets--which give the promontory its name. Take a short walk out to neighboring Roaring Bay to visit the bird blind, from which you can watch for penguins, gannets, and spoonbills. Fur seals frequent the waters around the point, as do sea lions and elephant seals, and if you're lucky you might catch sight of a passing dolphin, orca, or humpback whale. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Balclutha holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We visited this area on a wild, wet and gale force winds. It was invigorating and awe inspiring! We saw fur seals playing in a ocean pool and even on such a wild day the views were outstanding. Not to...  more »
  • If you are travelling in the Catlins, you should definitely plan this hotspot! In fine weather, Nugget Point is the purest postcard idyll. You have a great view of the ocean and the coast. The small walk from the car park to the lighthouse does not last long and you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. Be sure to take the camera and a windproof jacket with you, there it sometimes storms quite violently.
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