Nugget Point Lighthouse

All our Kiwi friends insist the Catlins are a scenic treasure so we took their advice and spent a day exploring this southeastern coastal area between Dunedin and Invercargill. We enjoyed a mix of native forest, green hilly farmland, waterfalls, and coastline. And at one point we herded sheep with the car. I enjoyed the experience but Forrest didn’t.

Get along home, little doggies!

Get along home, little doggies!

The highlight of the coast was Nugget Point Lighthouse- reminiscent of the North Island Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

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Don’t you wish you were staying in this purple bach with views of the lighthouse?

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Nugget Point Lighthouse was built in 1870 and automated in 1989.

I wish you could come and walk with me.

I wish you could come and walk with me.

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We wondered why it was called Nugget Point Lighthouse. You probably will figure it out quicker than we did. (Can you spot the tall leaning flax plants in these two photos? Flax grows all over New Z.)

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'Nugget' viewing from the lighthouse.

‘Nugget’ viewing from the lighthouse.

There was a seal colony in the rocks below:

A seal swimming pool/

A seal swimming pool/

The area is home to seals, sea lions, gannets, shags, penguins and shearwaters. The Department of Conservation wants to make it a protected area but the locals are against it. Too many make their livings in the fish-rich waters around the lighthouse.

Paua shell mailboxes

Paua shell mailboxes

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