The Catlins is a major highlight of the Southern Scenic Route. Situated off the beaten track, The Catlins encompasses the area between Kaka Point and Fortrose, spanning both Clutha and Southland Districts. The Catlins is an area of great contrasts and natural beauty with an abundance of wildlife. From magnificent coastal cliffs and headlands, long sweeping beaches, coves and sandy bays; to extensive temperate rainforests, waterfalls and rolling farmland, The Catlins is a fascinating, rugged place. The climate is temperate with a generous annual rainfall which nurtures the predominantly green landscape. more
The largest township is Owaka with a population of almost 400 people. Other settlements in The Catlins are Kaka Point, Pounawea, Tahakopa, Papatowai, Tokanui, Waikawa and Fortrose. In an area known for its remoteness and low population, The Catlins is really something special, allow plenty of time to explore!
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Mobile-friendly - Experience the awesome sights and beauty of Southern New Zealand. Showcasing the Heritage and Wildlife capital of NZ – Dunedin. You can choose between the many small-group package tours, one of the daily scheduled tours or even design your own tour. Experienced and knowledgeable driver/guides will look after all your needs. Recipient of Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellent
Mohua Park offers you a unique opportunity to really "get away from it all." Four cottages placed in amongst some of New Zealand's most beautiful bush country, with uninterrupted views over rolling pasture and in complete seclusion. You can choose from some of Mohua Parks guided tours to see wildlife including the rear Yellow Eyed penguin, beautiful waterfalls and various wildlife.
Mobile-friendly - New Zealand's best wildlife tour—visit one of the world's few untouched areas with its amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery. Our 'Peninsula Encounter' is absolutely unrivalled offering close, exciting, small group viewing of royal albatross, hookers sealions, blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and yellow eyed penguins in a beautiful isolated area. New Zealand Tourism Award winner in four categories.
Mobile-friendly - This exclusive single day shore excursion presents DUNEDIN, New Zealand's most beautiful city, and the grandeur of the Otago Peninsula with its unique wildlife and spectacular scenery. Our exclusive private penguin conservation area allows you to go where others have no access, to appreciate the animals, the solitude and the beautiful coastline. Available only to people traveling by cruise ship.
Kaka Point Camp Ground is surrounded by beautiful coastal remnant bush with a lot of native animals and birds. Different types of accommodation, cabins, sheltered tent and power sites are available. We have many different activities to do around the area and are only a 10-minute drive from Roaring Bay, the home of the yellow eyed penguins.
Newhaven Holiday Park is the ideal place to base yourself to explore the Catlins. It is perfect for those travelling the Southern Scenic Route or looking for a retreat in a natural, idyllic surrounding. The new guest lounge creates an excellent venue to accommodate small groups such as schools, churches, family reunions, business conferences and retreats. Special group rates are available.
Beautiful NZ landscapes make for nice holiday photos but we believe it is the people of the country that make for life long memories. Let New Zealand Encounters introduce you to the people of NZ through specially chosen B&Bs and lodges or with our hand picked guides that will share their stories, experience and local knowledge with you.
Nugget Point is one of the most distinctive land formations along the coast of the Otago region of the South Island. Located at the northern end of the Catlins coast down the road from Kaka Point, this steep headland has a lighthouse at its tip and is surrounded by The Nuggets (a number of scattered rocky islets).
Located in the heart of the Catlins is the well established Pounawea Motor Camp. Looking for tranquillity and a piece of nature rarely experienced anywhere else in New Zealand? Well look no further! Situated just 2.5 kilometres from Owaka, we have 37 powered sites, 8 cabins, numerous tent sites and two on-site caravans. Welcome to the Pounawea Motor Camp!
Mobile-friendly - Enjoy a unique experience staying absolutely on the water's edge bordering the historic Nuggets Lighthouse and wildlife reserve. Two modern, private, self-contained units, centrally heated, superb ocean and beach views, wildlife close-by including sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins. Use Nugget Lodge as a base to explore The Catlins.
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Drawing Salon - Life Drawing Course With Anatomy
Study of the human figure is key to learning to draw well. A wide range of drawing skills and strategies are taught. Join us for our very popular tutored drawing classes taught by a practising artist and ...
Where: Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin, Otago
From: 6:00pm on Wednesday 7th March 2018
To: 8:30pm on Wednesday 30th May 2018
Ultimate New Zealand Photography Tour - 17 Days
Join Richard Young along with Rob Brown & Dave Buckton, on a 17-day photography tour showcasing some of the South Island’s most iconic landscape including Milford Sound and the Moeraki Boulders along with some of the ...
Where: Queenstown Airport, Queenstown
Address: Sir Henry Wigley Dr, Queenstown
From: 9:00am on Saturday 21st April 2018
To: 5:00pm on Monday 7th May 2018
Animates Dunedin – School Holiday Activities
Looking for something free to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Animates has you covered! These School Holidays Animates will be running two activity sessions where your children can learn everything ...
Where: Animates - Princess St, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 629 Princes St, Dunedin, Otago
From: 11:00am on Thursday 19th April 2018
To: 11:45am on Thursday 26th April 2018
Hans Pucket, Onono, Jaggers X Lines, DJ Waveney Russ
Radio One 91FM and the 91Club present: Hans Pucket Onono Jaggers x Lines DJ Waveney Russ Entry is free with the RAD1 app or card. The RAD1 card is free to all students of the University of Otago, Otago ...
Where: The Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 354 Great King St, Dunedin, Otago
From: 9:00pm on Thursday 26th April 2018
To: 12:00am on Friday 27th April 2018
NZ Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs
2018 NZ MTB Orienteering Champs following South Island Foot Champs and preceeding Poolburn Rogaine. Great mountain biking areas with awesome scenery.
Where: NZ MTB Orienteering Champs Site, Alexandra, Otago
Address: Clyde-Alexandra Road
From: 1:00pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018
To: 3:00pm on Friday 27th April 2018
Open Mic Night
The ever popular Open Mic Night at Craft Bar. Come do something entertaining and receive a free beverage for your troubles. Every performer also goes in a draw for a $50 bar voucher. Kicks off at 8pm and is hosted ...
Where: Craft Bar, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 10 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 18th January 2018
To: 11:00pm on Thursday 3rd May 2018
School Holiday Activities
Come to the Bus Station Foyer for heritage-themed games, toys, dress-ups and crafts. Fun for all ages. Daily throughout the holidays 10am-5pm. Toitū OSM – NZR Foyer.
Where: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago
From: 10:00am on Saturday 14th April 2018
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 29th April 2018
Fortune’s 2018 Family Season kicks off with a 21st century twist on the classic tale of Robin Hood! Written by award-winning playwright (and Fortune favourite), Zac Nicholls, this is sure to be great holiday fun for ...
Where: Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 231 Stuart St, Dunedin, Otago
From: 11:00am on Saturday 21st April 2018
To: 3:00pm on Saturday 28th April 2018
Finding Murdoch - A Play by Margot McRae
A play about the search for ex All Black Keith Murdoch. A mystery, the media and an Otago legend.
Where: Globe Theatre, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 104 London Street, Dunedin, Otago
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 26th April 2018
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 5th May 2018
Autumn Colours Masterclass Photography Workshop
Our Central Otago photography tour is programmed in for the month of April when the Autumn colours are at their best. With landscape photographers Rob Brown and Mark Orbell as your guides, and utilising comfortable 4WD ...
Where: Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 144/154 Anderson Rd, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 9:00am on Thursday 26th April 2018
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 29th April 2018