A 180 million year old Jurassic fossil forest, rare penguins and dolphins, magnificent sea lions and seals, and safe family beaches await you.
This trail provides a rewarding detour off of the Southern Scenic Route, through the South Catlins area of Southland. Covering approximately 70km of road, part tar-seal and part gravel, the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail runs between Niagara and Fortrose. It can be travelled in either direction.
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 an interest in fishing. The area was also well known for its saw milling. Sadly, little evidence remains today of those settlements, most of which were situated on what is now private farmland.
The scenic beauty and rich history of the area unfolds along the 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.
For a full description of the 13 points of interest, including a trail map and site information, pick up the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail brochure from the Invercargill i-SITE or download it here.
Click here to view an interactive map of the trail.
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