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

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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

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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

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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

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15 Sep 2017

Matai Falls / Horseshoe Falls, the Catlins

One of the main reasons to visit the Catlins is the chance to see some stunning waterfalls. The short walk to Matai Falls and Horseshoe Falls takes you through lush forest to a couple of awesome viewpoints. These waterfalls aren’t quite as iconic as nearby Mclean Falls and Purakaunui Falls,

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11 Sep 2017

McLean Falls, The Catlins

If you only have time to visit one waterfall in the Catlins, make it McLean Falls. The various tiers and pools, surrounded by lush forest, combine to make this one of the most beautiful waterfalls in New Zealand. It’s easy to access and, if you time your visit right, you

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06 Mar 2017

Nugget Point, the Catlins

Why go to Nugget Point? Nugget Point, with its minimalist lighthouse and surreal clump of rocks scattered in the Pacific Ocean, is one of the top places to see in the Catlins. The South Island’s east coast doesn’t get much more dramatic than this — don’t miss it if you’re

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