The main draw of The Catlins is the region’s stunning and abundant natural attractions; waterfalls and bays galore, caves, cliffs, blowholes, hidden lakes, wetlands and even a petrified forest. Numerous short walking tracks help visitors explore these wonders.
Wildlife spotting is a highlight, particularly observing New Zealand Sea Lions (Whakahao) and the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin (Hoiho). Photographing these creatures is a must for most, as well as capturing snaps of the region’s two historic lighthouses and posing for a picture with the sign at Slope Point, the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. Quirky galleries, local museums, a heritage trail, horse trekking, farm tours, surfing, and a llama-fleece gallery (with the opportunity to feed the friendly llamas), are just some of the interesting things to see and do in The Catlins.
Things To See & Do In The Catlins
Learn to surf or stand up paddleboard with an experienced coach in Curio Bay; the ideal surfing spot. Hire of surfing equipment also offered.
Sleep by the beach with an amazing view of sheer cliff faces and waves crashing onto the shore.
A spectacular, forest-fringed bay that sweeps round to an impressive headland.
The Store at Tumu Toka Curioscape offers a selection of locally inspired gifts and souvenirs to remind you of your time in Curio Bay.
Only accessible at low tide, the dramatic caves in the cliffs at the northern end of pristine Waipati Beach impress with their huge height and length.