The Catlins

The Catlins is a wild and largely untouched area in the southeastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island. Mother Nature still rules supreme here.

This coastal area lies between Balclutha and Invercargill, straddling the Otago and Southland regions. Lush rainforest spills onto brilliant beaches along an often remote coastline. And there are many natural wonders can be seen.

The Catlins includes the South Island’s southernmost point, Slope Point. There are six spectacular waterfalls including the triple tiered cascade at Purakaunui. And the world’s rarest penguins, most endangered sea lions and smallest dolphins make the area home.

The spectacular spur at Nugget Point with its lighthouse perched on a panoramic platform has sensational views. While the outgoing tide reveals a 180 million year old Jurassic forest, one of only 3 accessible fossil forests in the world, at stunning Curio Bay.

Low tide is also the time to go to one of the World’s largest sea cave complexes. Experiencing The Cathedral Caves’ amazing acoustics is a must do.

The Catlins also boasts some of the best surfing in the country with the highest recorded winter waves.