28 Oct 2020

Hiking the Waipohatu Waterfall Track, The Catlins

There are several waterfalls in the Catlins, and most are just a short walk from the main road. The Waipohatu Waterfall Track is a little more challenging than the rest, but the waterfalls (there are two) are beautiful and it’s a lot quieter and more off the beaten path than

Slope Point, New Zealand
27 May 2020

Slope Point: The Southernmost Spot on the South Island

The far south of the South Island is a wild and wonderful place. Deserted beaches, wildlife, clifftop views and waterfalls await in the Catlins, a coastal region covering the lower east coast of the South Island. Slope Point is an iconic place to visit in the Catlins, mostly because it’s

Purakaunui Falls, the Catlins, New Zealand
24 May 2020

Purakaunui Falls, the Catlins

Purakaunui Falls is one of the more popular spots on the Catlins tourist trail. It’s known as one of New Zealand’s most beautiful waterfalls (which I’d agree with) and it’s only a short walk from the car park. A visit to Purakaunui Falls is recommend for pretty much everyone –

26 Apr 2019

Curio Bay, the Catlins

In a region so blessed with beautiful beaches it can be hard to decide which ones to visit. Curio Bay, towards the southern end of the stretch of coastline known as the Catlins, is special for a few reasons. The main one is that it’s a great place to see

Purakaunui Bay, the Catlins, New Zealand
22 May 2018

Purakaunui Bay, the Catlins

One of several scenic bays in the Catlins, Purakaunui Bay is a great place to visit whether you’re planning to camp there or not. The camping ground is definitely a highlight (you’ll get great views from your van / tent) but there are also some stunning viewpoints on offer up

02 Mar 2018

Florence Hill Lookout and Tautuku Bay, the Catlins

For an area so packed with wonderful beaches and coastal features, there aren’t many places in the Catlins where you can pull over and bask in the view. Florence Hill Lookout is one spot where you can do just that. The view over Tautuku Bay is special, but it’s also

12 Jan 2018

Waipapa Point Lighthouse, the Catlins

Located (almost) at the tip of the South Island, Waipapa Point Lighthouse is right at the end of the region known as the Catlins, one of New Zealand’s most sight-filled stretches of coastline. Waipapa Point Lighthouse is a bit out of the way but is definitely worth the gravel road

Cathedral Caves walk, the Catlins, New Zealand
23 Dec 2017

Cathedral Caves, the Catlins

The walk to Cathedral Caves is one of the best experiences you can have in the Catlins, but you’ll have to time it right or risk disappointment. You can only visit Cathedral Caves at low tide (or two hours before high tide and one hour after it), and it is

Cannibal Bay, the Catlins, New Zealand
09 Dec 2017

Walking From Cannibal Bay to Surat Bay, the Catlins

A short, sandy track separates Cannibal Bay and Surat Bay, two of the best beaches in the Catlins. There are some interesting things to see along the way, including viewpoints, tidal pools, sea lions and some of the bluest water you’ll see in this part of New Zealand. Cannibal Bay

Jack's Bay, the Catlins, New Zealand
18 Sep 2017

Jack’s Bay / Blowhole, the Catlins

The first thing you’ll notice when arriving at Jack’s Bay is the row of tiny baches (holiday homes) looking out over the ocean. It’s an idyllic spot for locals, but there are plenty of reasons for tourists to visit too, including the chance to spot wildlife and hike around the