Harington Point

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Residential houses at Harington Point

The settlement of Harington Point (often incorrectly spelt Harrington Point) lies within the boundaries of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. It is located at the northeastern end of Otago Peninsula, close to the entrance of Otago Harbour.

Harington Point is located between Taiaroa Head, the site of the only mainland royal albatross colony in the world,[1] and Te Rauone beach, historically known for its many sand dunes which have eroded.

The settlement can be reached via a 45-minute drive from Dunedin City on sealed roads, and is also serviced 7 days per week by a regular bus service taking 60 minutes from the city center, as well as a school bus.[2]

Despite its small size, Harington Point offers accommodation ranging from holiday houses to self-contained motel units.


The settlement of Harington Point is the closest residential area to the albatross colony, as well as several other regionally important wildlife colonies. Between Harington Point and Taiaroa Head is Pilot's Beach, where little blue penguins are seen returning to nest at dusk. Over the hills southwest of Harington Point is the "Penguin Place Conservation Reserve",[3] a nesting colony of yellow-eyed penguins.

All three offer public tours of the respective wildlife colonies. Wellers Rock wharf, just south of Harington Point, is the base for boat cruises and tours exploring the sea and bird life in the area.[4]


Harington Point gun emplacement

The hills behind Harington Point contain several abandoned World War II gun emplacements, a subterranean communications tunnel and bunker, which were all part of the coastal fortifications of New Zealand.


  1. ^ Otago Peninsula Royal Albatross Centre Accessed 2014-02-10.
  2. ^ Otago Regional Council web site Bus timetables. Accessed 2014-02-10.
  3. ^ Penguin Place Conservation Reserve Accessed 2014-02-10.
  4. ^ Dunedin Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours Accessed 2014-02-10.

Coordinates: 45°47′24″S 170°43′38″E / 45.79°S 170.7272°E / -45.79; 170.7272