Catlins Scenic Coastal Tour

The Catlins region is a world famous natural heritage site with a wealth of amazing scenery and bird and animal life. Only an hour and a half from Dunedin this rugged southern coastline is home to Fur Seals, Hooker Sea Lions, Elephant seals, penguins and a diverse range of native bird species. Scenery includes pristine beaches with rolling surf, cliff top lookouts, forest walks and waterfalls.  The Catlins features dense temperate rainforest, dominated by podocarps. This is the largest area of native forest remaining on the South Island's east coast, with over 500 square kilometres (190 sq mi) of forest and neighbouring subalpine areas being protected in Catlins Conservation Park.

There are many sightseeing options and guided tours are from 1 to 3 days. Some attractions are only accessible at low tide so each tour itinerary is created around the tides on the days you plan to visit. 

Scenic highlights we can build into your itinerary include:

  • The Cathedral Caves
  • Nugget Point Lighthouse (home to seals and sea lions and a wide range of marine birds including Royal Spoonbills, shags, gulls etc).
  • Lake Wilkie
  • Purakanui Falls
  • Roaring Bay Penguin Hide
  • McLean Falls
  • Salt Marsh Estuary Boardwalk
  • Tautuku Bay
  • Jack's Blowhole
  • Cannibal Bay
  • Bush walks 
  • Matai Falls/Horseshoe Falls
  • Porpoise Bay
  • Curio Bay (home to a petrified forest over 100 million years old)

Prices start at $550 per person for an overnight tour (Min of 2 people) including accommodation.

    Cathedral Caves Beach