The Catlins Coast. © Graeme Murray

Experience the natural highlights of the Catlins

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The remote and rugged corner of the South Island’s south-eastern coast, known as the Catlins, is like a highlight reel of all the best bits nature has to offer.

Encompassing the area from Kaka Point in Balclutha to Fortrose near Invercargill, the Catlins coast is renowned for its wildlife and wilderness. 

From magnificent coastal cliffs and headlands to sandy beaches; temperate rainforests and plunging waterfalls, the Catlins is a wonderful example of wild, untouched New Zealand. 

Besides the wondrous scenery, there is also abundant wildlife. The beaches and forest are bristling with birdlife, while penguins, seals, sea lions and dolphins are at home on the coast.  

Whether you visit on a long Southern summer evening, or in the wild, windswept weather the coast is famous for, the Catlins are always dramatic. 

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