The Catlins

The Catlins, New Zealand

The Catlins, the spectacular coastal stretch between Balclutha and Invercargill, boasts a rugged beauty and untouched quality that is magnetic. Here you’ll find a world of native forests fringed by high cliffs, deserted sandy beaches, sparkling bays, cascading waterfalls, hidden lakes, blowholes, caves, and even a petrified forest. These environments are home to an array of fauna, from native birds, to seals, sea lions, dolphins, and penguins. The Catlins’ natural landscapes are enthralling and the wildlife is extraordinary.

With its lighthouse perched on a spur of land, Nugget Point (Tokata) provides a breathtaking viewing platform, while Slope Point intrigues as the South Island’s southernmost point. At Curio Bay (Tumu Toka) watch the outgoing tide reveal a 180 million year old Jurassic forest. Travel inland to view the stunning McLean Falls, Purakaunui Falls and Matai Falls, some of the most photographed waterfalls in the world.

Due to its exposed position, the Catlins’ coastline sees some of the country's largest ocean swells, raising impressive waves which nowadays attract big-wave surfers, but in the past have caused numerous shipwrecks. Walking tracks throughout the region allow you to access to these special scenic and historic sights, as well as much more!