Things to do
The Cathedral Caves in the Catlins are situated in a gated access area and are a steep scenic bush walk down to this remote beach. The Cathedral Caves in the Catlins are one of the biggest draw cards of the Catlins and have to be considered a “must see”! Read more...
The ultimate off- the-beaten track opportunity for wildlife photography and up close wildlife interaction. Hike the “Top Track”, Catlins River Walk and the coastal walk.. Read more...
The Whistling Frog Cafe and Bar in the heart of The Catlins for coffee, beer, wine and great snacks and meals. Read more...
demoTop 10 things to do in The Catlins

When you visit the Catlins In New Zealand, you will travel the Southern Scenic Route.

There are 10 must see highlights that show the geographical diversity of the Catlins region, which range from primordial podocarp rainforest to magnificent coastal edifices such as the Cathedral Caves and the Jurassic era coastal petrified forest.

  1. Nugget Point Lighthouse, north Catlins.
  2. Roaring Bay, Yellow-eyed Penguin habitat.
  3. Cannibal Bay, Sea lion colony
  4. Tautuku Beach Nature Walk.
  5. Lake Wilkie.
  6. McLean Falls
  7. Cathedral Caves
  8. Estuary Boardwalk
  9. Curio Bay
  10. Slope Point

Walking tracks are well maintained and dry feet are assured with bridges and boardwalks to the top 10 attractions.

Often two nights are required to see the Catlins properly. For example, the yellow-eye penguins come ashore to visit young at dusk.  The Cathedral Caves and Curio Bay are tidal dependent and best viewed at low tide. 

The McLean Falls are best viewed in the late afternoon when the sun is shining on them. Bush glow worms can be viewed after dark along the walking track to the McLean Falls.

A free Catlins guide map with these and 28 other scenic must-do's are available for download on the website. 

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