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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Comedy Night! with Michele A'Court & Jeremy Elwood
Winner of "Comedienne of the Decade" at the NZ Comedy Awards (2010), Michèle A'Court is one of New Zealand's most well-known stand-up comedians. The Bay of Plenty Times called her "Tight, taut, and very, very ...
Where: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: Level 1, 155 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 8:00pm on Sunday 15th September 2019
To: 9:30pm on Sunday 15th September 2019
One Man, Two Guvnors
One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean is a fast-paced and side-splittingly funny live comedy which will have you rolling in the aisles! This rollicking play is a unique ‘laugh-out-loud’ mix of satire, slapstick, ...
Where: Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 33 Buckingham St, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 12th September 2019
To: 10:30pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
Chinese Moon Festival
Help us celebrate this special occasion with cultural activities and performances. Normal admission charges apply. Adult $9.50. Concession $6.50. Children under 13 free (maximum three per adult). Tower Room ...
Where: Dunedin Chinese Garden, Dunedin, Otago
Address: Cnr Rattray & Cumberland Streets, Dunedin, Otago
From: 10:00am on Sunday 15th September 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 15th September 2019
Tiny Ruins - Olympic Girls Spring Tour
Tiny Ruins return to home ground this spring, in the wake of their sonic dream of a record, Olympic Girls. Having toured overseas for the better part of 2019, and returning from a run of summer festivals throughout ...
Where: Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 1 Grey Street, Dunedin, Otago
From: 8:00pm on Saturday 14th September 2019
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 15th September 2019
MITRE10 Festival of Sport and Recreation 2019
A day to showcase and celebrate all the sport and recreation opportunities in the Upper Clutha. The Festival is run by a small group of volunteers under the auspices of the Upper Clutha Sports Community which is a ...
Where: Wanaka Recreation Centre, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Address: 3 Parks Ballantyne Road, Wanaka, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
From: 10:00am on Sunday 15th September 2019
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 15th September 2019
OFS Insurance Brokers Otago Indoor Open 2019 Finals Day
Take in the action at the OFS Insurance Brokers Otago Indoor Open Finals Day on Sunday 15 September. This event showcases the best tennis talent on display in Otago each year. A limited number of places at catered ...
Where: Edgar Centre, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 116 Portsmouth Dr, Dunedin, Otago
From: 10:30am on Sunday 15th September 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 15th September 2019
Waitaki Valley Motorcycle Rally
Situated in the middle of everywhere, Parsons Rock Camping Area in the Waitaki Valley will make a stunning lakeside venue for our first Waitaki Valley Motorcycle Rally. With lots of fun events to be held over the weekend ...
Where: Parsons Rock Camp Ground, Otematata, Otago
Address: State Highway 83, Lake Aviemore
From: 12:00pm on Friday 13th September 2019
To: 2:00pm on Sunday 15th September 2019
UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival
The festival will stage around 30 20-minute plays, selected from a field of more than 90 entries. Some will be visiting productions from New Zealand and overseas. The festival will showcase Dunedin plays as well as ...
Where: University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 364 Leith Walk, Dunedin, Otago
From: 4:00pm on Thursday 12th September 2019
To: 9:00pm on Friday 20th September 2019
Experience HU: The Sound of Soul
HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra, that can uplift your life. Singing HU provides a sense of calm, strength, and centeredness. Come and experience chanting HU and enjoy spiritual conversation with others of ...
Where: Dunedin Community House, Dunedin, Otago
Address: 301 Moray Place, Dunedin, Otago
From: 11:15am on Sunday 18th September 2016
To: 12:00pm on Sunday 15th September 2019
Join guides from Birds NZ on a walk in the Gardens discovering native and introduced birds. A new guide to the wild birds of the Gardens will also be launched at this event. Please bring binoculars if you have them. All ...
Where: Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin, Otago
Address: Opoho Rd, Dunedin, Otago
From: 10:00am on Sunday 15th September 2019
To: 11:30am on Sunday 15th September 2019