We are driving towards Nugget Point; here stands since 1870 a lighthouse. The many small stones on the road make the car break away sometimes. So it's not an easy drive over these curvy roads. But you have a great view over the Ocean at your left-hand side. We make a short walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the scenery.
Latitude: 46°27' South
Longitude: 169°49' East
The light was lit for the first time on 4 July 1870, and the keepers were withdrawn when the light was automated in 1989. The light shines from a 9.4 metre-high stone tower through the original lens, and is 76 metres above sea level. It flashes twice every 12 seconds, and is visible for 19 nautical miles (35 kilometres).
The above text is an Extract from http://www.msa.govt.nz/Publications/lighthouses/nuggetpoint.pdf, where you can learn more about the history of this lighthouse.
The Southern Scenic Route borders NZ South Island Southern coastline from Dunedin to Te Anau, and it is a wonderful experience. Just drive along this road, you'll be captured by wonderful views that will make you feel in heaven.
People will help you to find out where to go, and I promise you'll remember about this remote region for ever and ever!
Waipapa Point is one of the suggested stops when visiting the Catlins, because it is one of the favourite places of sea lions and sea elephants.
Getting there is quite difficult once you leave the State1 motorway. The road leading to the coast has no pavement and lasts several kms. I suggest starting this adventure only in sunny weather, sea life won’t be there when it is stormy.
Waipapa Point is also known because of its beauful lighthous, built to commemorate the 131 victims of the Tararura shipwreck in 1881.
"To the point" was the closest pub/restaurant to our accomodation, and maybe the only one in town, since we have not seen other places for eating out in the area!
The building is divided into restaurant and pub. The restaurant was closed (we did not understand why) and we obviously went for the pub:)
We had some meat with chips, nothing special to be honest.
The atmosphere is what we loved the most. It looked like we were the only foreigners in the pub, but a group of locals invited us to play pool, and it was nice to talk about life in Kaka Point with them. The pub was populated by local people, from teenagers to old people, and we appreciated their way of sharing their spare time. In Italy is not common at all to meet such a mixed customer base!
The pub is completely made with wood, with big windows facing the ocean, and has a nice open terrace for summertime. Since it was cold and stormy, the fireplace was light up to make the atmosphere even warmer.
Excellent local restaurant, great food (including deserts) and great atmosphere. We ended up in this restaurant by chance while leaving Nugget Point (it seemed to be the only restaurant in the area), and we suddenly fell in love with its ambiance: wooden tables, chairs and walls and a huge fireplace to warm the atmosphere while it was raining outside. We had nice meat dishes and a wonderful walnut cake as desert…
Well we drive back from Nugget Point through the town of Kaka Point towards Dunedin. We saw the sign of the town. After taking a picture of the sign when we entered the town, we wanted to do something silly with this sign and we stopped at the end of the village to take the picture that you can see here.
The name Kaka Point comes from a bird. In New Zeeland they have a Bush Parrot or Parakeet with the name Kaka.