Situated in the South Catlins area of Southland, this trail provides a rewarding detour off the Southern Scenic Route. Covering approximately 70kms of road, part tar-seal part gravel, the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail runs between Niagara (189kms from Dunedin) and Fortrose (50kms from Invercargill). It can be travelled in either direction, thereby complementing your existing travel plans.
The South Catlins is an area of isolated beaches, rugged coastline, native forests and wildlife as well as sheep and beef farming. The ports at Waikawa and Fortrose each originally had a whaling station and throughout the years an interest in fishing. The area was also well known for its saw milling. Sadly today little evidence remains of those settlements, most of which were sited on what is now private farmland.
The scenic beauty and rich history of the area unfolds along the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail. To fully appreciate all 13 trail sites, including the short walks, be sure to allow at least 5 hours for the total experience. Food is available at Fortrose, Slope Point, Curio Bay, Waikawa and Niagara. For a full description of the points of interest, including map and site information, pick up the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail brochure from the Invercargill i-SITE.
256 Niagara-Waikawa Road