A trip to The Catlins wouldn’t be complete without getting a view of one of the world’s rarest penguins - the yellow-eyed/hoiho. Pack your binoculars to spot these little cuties at the public-viewing hide just down the road from the iconic Nugget Point Lighthouse.
Situated in Roaring Bay, the hoiho are usually seen at dawn and dusk - so pack a thermos and settle in - they are worth the wait. Sea lions and seals can also be seen basking and foraging for food on the rocky beach below. Complete your day with a wander out to the memorable Nugget Point or explore the rest of the 100-kilometre Catlins for more golden beaches, lush rainforest and jaw-dropping waterfalls.
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