28 Dec 2020

10 of the Best Beaches in the Catlins

The Catlins is one of New Zealand’s best beach destinations, but with all those options it can be hard to know which ones to visit! Luckily, I wrote this post (and you’re reading it) – I’ll show you the best beaches in the Catlins and give you some tips on

22 Dec 2020

Where Are the Best Waterfalls in the Catlins?

When road tripping around the Catlins you’ll almost definitely want to visit some waterfalls. It’s one of the things the region is most famous for, but where are the best waterfalls in the Catlins? There are a few waterfalls to see, including Purakaunui Falls and McLean Falls, as well as

Papatowai Beach, New Zealand
15 Dec 2020

Papatowai Beach, The Catlins

Papatowai Beach, about halfway along the main road through the Catlins, is an awesome place to stop while exploring the area. The beach is great, it’s right next to camping ground and there’s also a unique attraction nearby (you’ll have to keep reading to find out). Papatowai Beach There are

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