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 NZ. Showcasing the Heritage and Wildlife capital of NZ - Dunedin. Choose between small-group package tours, daily tours, shore excursion tours or design your own tour. Experienced and knowledgeable driver/guides look after all your needs. Recipient of Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence last 7 years, member of Trip Advisors Hall of Fame.
Mobile-friendly - Imagine spending a day experiencing rare wildlife, stunning viewpoints, iconic architecture and taking you shoes off to walk on a pristine beach. This becomes reality on our Dunedin day tours that are scheduled to work in with our busy cruise ship calendar. Let our professional guides bring you back to nature on a journey through history, scenery and wildlife.
We have an adventure package to suit EVERYONE! Touring isn't just a job for us, it's a lifestyle! We are local, we are fun and we love adventure, so who better to guide you on your epic South Island adventure tour than us!?
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.
Mobile-friendly - Newhaven Holiday Park is the ideal place to base yourself to explore the Catlins. 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 available. Free Wifi.
New Zealand Encounters are an experienced and Qualmarked Inbound Tour Operator, designing Vacations for our clients from all around the World, all accommodations we use for our clients are inspected by us to ensure your quality experience. With have experienced Guides to share their stories, experience and knowledge with you. Let us help you with your visit to New Zealand
Mobile-friendly - Join New Zealand's top landscape, nature and wildlife photographers to help you to get the most from your photography or visit to New Zealand. From 1-day Photography Workshops to 17-day NZ Photo Tours with New Zealand's leading landscape and wildlife photographers.
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).
Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography was established in 2003 by Grand Master Photographers Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken. They have a huge amount of photographic knowledge and they know how to share it. From their base in beautiful Queenstown they organize personalized photographic tuition sessions as well as run five day photographic workshops and tours.
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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Lucy's Gin Garden Pop Up
Queenstown's local rooftop bar and pizzeria. Serving up drool-worthy woodfired pizzas, jalapeno poppers, and everything in-between, Miss Lucy’s is your next spot for a tipple or nibble. Design your own G&T cocktail ...
Where: Miss Lucy's , Queenstown
Address: 47 Camp Street , Queenstown
From: 3:00pm on Sunday 8th December 2019
To: 7:00pm on Sunday 5th April 2020
Baby On Board – Christmas Mysteries
We know it can be tricky to get out and about with little ones, so to make life easier, parents and caregivers are invited to enjoy a Baby on Board planetarium show on our 360° screen without having to book a ...
Where: Otago Museum, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 419 Great King Street, Dunedin, Otago
From: 11:30am on Monday 9th December 2019
To: 12:15pm on Monday 9th December 2019
Queenstown's local rooftop bar and pizzeria. Serving up drool-worthy woodfired pizzas, jalapeno poppers, and everything in-between, Miss Lucy’s is your next spot for a tipple or nibble. Grab your mates, put your ...
Where: Miss Lucy's , Queenstown
Address: 47 Camp Street , Queenstown
From: 8:00pm on Monday 25th November 2019
To: 10:00pm on Monday 16th December 2019
Boardwalk Bar Happy Hour
Everyday between 3 and 5 pm Queenstown's newest hotspot, Boardwalk Queenstown, hosts Happy Hour in their gorgeous bar. Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Queenstown and walk up the stairs to enjoy unprecedented ...
Where: Boardwalk Queenstown, Queenstown
Address: Level 1, Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach St, Queenstown
From: 3:00pm on Monday 2nd December 2019
To: 5:00pm on Monday 16th December 2019
Join us every second Monday to kick the week off with a guided mindfulness meditation. The session is informal and everyone is welcome, it helps to have some experience but we'll talk you through everything. We ...
Where: Dunedin Community House, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 301 Moray Place, Dunedin, Otago
From: 7:00pm on Monday 16th July 2018
To: 8:30pm on Monday 23rd December 2019
Adult Aerial Silks and Trapeze Classes
Want to try Trapeze or Silks? Beginner classes for adults. No experience necessary. Basic intro to Silks or Trapeze. Every Monday and Thursday nights. Run by the Arrowtown Kids Circus. Open training times ...
Where: Arrowtown Primary School, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 9 Chalmers Place, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
From: 6:30pm on Monday 22nd July 2019
To: 8:30pm on Monday 16th December 2019
Graham Fletcher, Peter Trevelyan & Aiko Robinson (2019)
Starkly composed interiors, delicate sculptural lattices, and a modern twist on traditional Japanese erotica combine in our latest exhibition. Graham Fletcher's images subvert the idea of the Modernist house interior ...
Where: Milford Galleries Queenstown, Queenstown
Address: 9a Earl Street, Queenstown
From: 10:00am on Saturday 23rd November 2019
To: 6:00pm on Tuesday 17th December 2019
Philip Trusttum - Look Look
Christchurch artist Philip Trusttum's 'Look Look' is an exhibition of works on paper - collaged, stained, scratched and painted. Spongebob's there, a My Little Pony with her saccharine mane, a knitted bear with a ...
Where: Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 5 Dowling St, Dunedin, Otago
From: 5:30pm on Friday 6th December 2019
To: 5:00pm on Monday 23rd December 2019
John Z Robinson: A Several World
Dreams. Here we are all, by day; by night, we're hurled By dreams, each one, into a several world. Robert Herrick. This exhibition is all drawing. Twelve months work. The methods are ancient and modern; with old ...
Where: Moray Gallery, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 55 Princes St, Dunedin, Otago
From: 12:00pm on Saturday 30th November 2019
To: 4:30pm on Tuesday 24th December 2019
You better watch out. You better not cry. Santa’s pixies are back in town. The exhibition features popular mechanical ‘pixies’, which were displayed at the former Dunedin DIC department store until it closed in ...
Where: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago
From: 10:00am on Friday 6th December 2019
To: 4:00pm on Tuesday 24th December 2019