Situated on the lower south east coast of the South Island, the Captivating Catlins is a "hidden gem“- a place of natural beauty, abundant wildlife, forests, sandy beaches, waterfalls and both hilly and rolling green farmland. With its comparative remoteness and stunning vistas, its a great destination.
Dunedin & Invercargill are the main airport gateways for the Catlins
1 - 1½ hour drive from Dunedin
40 mins- 1 hour drive from Invercargill
Many choose to fly to Queenstown or Christchurch & then self drive , 3¼ hour drive from Queenstown and 6½ hours drive from Christchurch
From motels in the area, or meet the local people by staying at a B&B or Farmstay, the Catlins offer travellers a wide range of accommodation. Some of our favourite places to stay include:
Curio Bay Beachfront Accommodation
Catlin’s Country Retreat
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SEE + DO
The Catlins offer activities for all budgets. Whether you are looking for relaxed solitude or a challenge of exploring rugged and remote coast and rainforests – there is something for all tastes!
Walk to the Nugget Point Lighthouse and along the way see the fur seal colony
View the remote Catlins Coast from a kayak adventure
Enjoy the soundtrack of native birds and rushing water at Purakaunui Falls
Visit Cathedral Caves - try the acoustics with a simple whistle or even a song!
Soak up some history at Waipapa Point with a walk & check out the lighthouse
Visit McLean Falls a spectacular 22 metre cascade waterfall
Learn about the heritage of the region with a visit of the Owaka Museum.
Enjoy a rewarding detour off the Southern Scenic Route with the Catlins Heritage Trail.
Don’t miss the most southern point of New Zealand’s South Island - Slope Point. If you are not planning to go to Stewart Island, this is probably the further south you’ll ever go & it’s an amazing place to admire the tumultuous southern ocean.