Kātiki Point – the peninsula south of Moeraki village is the setting for interesting geology, cultural and social histories and indigenous wildlife.
Formed by local volcanism and deposition of marine sediments during the Eocene, this area now sits high above the Pacific Ocean – offering spectacular views south towards Kātiki Beach on a clear day.
This peninsula is home to a variety of wildlife – including takaraka / yellow eyed penguins and kekeno / New Zealand fur seals – both of which can be viewed in their natural habitat here. For further information about this Department of Conservation site please see – Kātiki Point.
The lighthouse – built in the 1870’s was in use until 1975. For further information about the history of the lighthouse please see – Kātiki Point Lighthouse
"Kātiki is the southern point of the Moeraki Peninsula in North Otago. Te Raki-a-Hineātea is the pā located on the point — the site of a major battle between Taoka and Tāwhaki-te-raki. Following a series of skirmishes between the two ancestors along the Kaikōura coastline, Taoka migrated south and established Te Raki-a-Hineātea. Not long after Taoka settled there, his adversary Tāwhaki-te-raki came down from Kaikōura with a war party to exact revenge. A battle took place, with Tāwhaki-te-raki and his war party badly beaten, and eaten by Taoka and his men. This battle was known as Tahakopa (or Te Hakopa)." (Kā Huru Manu, Ngāi Tahu)
Visitors to this site must follow the management directive displayed on DOCs sign at this site.
Please be aware the following hazards include: Cliffs, slippery track when wet, uneven ground, wildlife.
Easy to moderate walking track
Scenic views & Photo opportunities
To get to Kātiki, turn off SH1 into the Moeraki township (Hillgrove-Moeraki Rd). Turn right into Tenby St and follow it for about 1.2km. Turn right into Lighthouse Rd (mostly gravel road). Kātiki is at the end of this road.
Protection and guardianship are at the heart of the Geopark philosophy. We ask you to treat this site with respect, do not remove anything from this site and preserve it for our future generations.