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...
The Southern Lights The Catlins

The Catlins, New Zealand, on the Southern Scenic Route between Invercargill and Dunedin. Home to the Southern Lights.

Catlins New Zealand - The Catlins area of Coastal Otago. Explore the Catlins region of Coastal Otago, part of the famous Southern Scenic Route of New Zealand.

The Catlins is a truly pristine environment. They comprise the largest remaining stand of Native Forest left on the East Coast of the South Island, of New Zealand. This unique Temperate Coastal Rainforest is host to many native species of birds and sea life. We are all indeed privileged to be in this very special and unspoilt part of the world.

You will find yourself in a small pocket of the South Island where rolling hills blend in to deep native forest and views over magnificent coastline will take your breath away.Walking trails to waterfalls, the tranquil Lake Wilkie and the awe inspiring Nugget Point and Cathedral Caves make The Catlins a must see and must do.

There are so many activities for the visitor. Spend some time exploring The Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail and enjoy stepping back in time. You will see the petrified remains of a forest that’s over 160 million years old. Journey on to Nugget Point and you will see amazing wildlife including fur seals, Hooker’s sea lions and sea elephants as well as yellow—eyed and blue penguins and blue penguins and, often, Hector’s dolphins playing in the waves.

 Learn more about The Catlins attractions and such wonders as the Southern Lights - The Catlins is one of the best places to experience the wonder of the Aurora.

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