South Catlins forms the southern portion of The Catlins, located between Balclutha and Invercargill. Wildlife and native plants and trees are a feature of the Catlins. Varieties of sea birds are prolific and you may see the forest-dwelling birds tui, bellbird, fantail, native pigeon and the rare mohua. You may also be fortunate enough to observe yellow-eyed penguins from the viewing hides provided. more
The Catlins is also home to the New Zealand sea lion, fur seal and the Hector’s dolphin. The forests contain many native tree species especially tree ferns, rata, kahikatea, miro, kamahi, and silver beech. The remarkable Catlins is renowned for its ever-changing panoramic views of moody skies, wind-shorn trees, rugged shores, forests and pastureland.
Be sure to bring your camera when you explore the Catlins!
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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.
Take your photography to the next level with expert instructors and Grand Master Photographers: Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken. They offer personalized photographic tuition sessions and photo tour / workshops in the lower South Island of New Zealand. Queenstown, Mount Cook, Fiordland, Otago, South Westland, Stewart Island.
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.
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 - Experience the stunning landscapes of the Marlborough high country region. Tour options include day tours, guided cycle tours, cruise ship shore excursions, small-group multiday heritage tours, Marlborough Winery tours, self-drive 4WD tours. With 30 years' experience owners Geoff and Lee, and their local guides offer a variety of experiences to explore the Blenheim, Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury and West Coast Regions.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Wanting a farmstay to suit your budget? Slope Point in South Catlins, 10 minutes from Curio Bay is surrounded by trees. This rural property has a basic dorm-room, private rooms, along with modern great-value self-contained units, plus 3 bedroom cottage. We provide clean and affordable accommodation without compromising on quality. This is the southernmost accommodation available in the South Island.
Mobile-friendly - Located at the southern end of Catlins Forest Park in the coastal village of Waikawa, this spacious centrally heated, four-bedroom lodge & two fully self-contained cottages, provide high quality accommodation for visitors. Famous for its superb scenery and opportunities to view penguins, sea-lions and dolphins, the Catlins offers a truly New Zealand off-the-beaten-track holiday. Limited FREE WIFI and cellphone coverage.
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