The Catlins is an area of untamed beauty. Set amid rural heartland, native forest, hidden lakes, stunning waterfalls and remote golden beaches.
This spectacular coastal stretch is home to an array of marine life – seals and sea lions are regular beach visitors, while dolphins frolic in the shallows. The world’s rarest Penguin, the Yellow-eyed penguin, nests around the Curio Bay and Waikawa area.
There is a lot to see and do here including enjoying the views from the Nugget Point Lighthouse, exploring the Cathedral Caves which soar to more than 30 metres overhead and appreciating the sheer beauty of the Purakaunui Falls, amongst the most photographed in the world.
Catlins is also home to a 170-million-year-old Jurassic forest – one of only three such accessible fossil forests in the world!