The Catlins is a major highlight and destination (a hidden gem) on the East coast of the South Island, New Zealand. The Catlins is an area of great contrasts and natural beauty with an abundance of extraordinary wildlife. From magnificent coastal cliffs and headlands, long white beaches, coves and sandy bays; to beautiful native rainforests, waterfalls, river valleys, hidden lakes, and rolling farmland, the Catlins is a fascinating, unspoilt, scenic, rugged place “off the beaten track”, with so much to see!
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. 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.
The Catlins is an important destination on your New Zealand adventure and it is recommended that you take time to enjoy its attractions. You can expect to have a memorable holiday in this truly magnificent part of the world.
Be sure to bring your camera when you explore the Catlins!