Located in the Catlins along the southeastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the Lighthouse at Nugget Point keeps watch over treacherous seas.
We bounced along a small country road, finally parking and then walking to what felt like the end of the world in order to reach this spot. All sorts of seabirds, from gannets and seagulls to shags and spoonbills spiraled overhead and we enjoyed seeing seals and penguins on stops along the way. The Catlins is known for being either spectacularly beautiful or incredibly stormy. We lucked out and had a very calm and sunny day.
And if you’re wondering why it’s called Nugget Point, here is the view from the lighthouse of all the little rocky islets – The Nuggets. Definitely don’t want to wreck your boat on these.