Your visit to see the penguins at Katiki Point Historic Reserve
To visit the penguins at Katiki Point is a privilege. You have the opportunity to experience New Zealand taonga (crown jewels), the penguins of Aotearoa, New Zealand. This opportunity is due to the dedication of Penguin Rescue, in collaboration with Te Runanga O Moeraki, the Department of Conservation and various other stakeholders.
Upon entering the gates at Katiki Pt, you are stepping onto a place steeped in ecological, historical and spiritual significance, and we request that you demonstrate the upmost respect at all times.
Therefore it is important that you;
As a visitor to the reserve, if you see anyone behaving in an inappropriate way, please remind them of the expectations of being on the reserve.
If you are seriously concerned by the behaviour of any tourist please make contact immediately.
The reserve is currently open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
The best time to view penguins is 2 hours before closing.
These times are determined on behalf of the land owners by Te Runanga O Moeraki.
In the interests of your safety and that of the wildlife, all visitors are asked to leave the reserve by 7:30pm.
Where are we?
On the southern most tip of the Moeraki Peninsula is the Katiki Point Historical reserve.
The access is via a metal road from Tenby Street in the Moeraki Village, called Lighthouse road. The reserve is 4km from Moeraki village.
Katiki point has a rich history, beginning with the establishment of a Maori village and Pa. Traces of the historical terraces and food pits remain.
Freedom camping is not permitted at the Katiki Pt Historic Reserve. Any attempt to do so will invoke a $200 fine from the Waitaki District Council.
If you do wish to stay in close proximity to the penguins, Lighthouse Hills offers you the wonderful opportunity to reside in a house near the penguins. Go to www.lighthousehills.com to find out further information.