About the Catlins

The Catlin’s has so much to offer any visitor to the area. Therefore, we have recommended a TOP 10 must see list for you to consider going through the Catlin’s


Here are the 10 highlights no visitor should miss in the Catlin’s:

  1. Slope Point
  2. Curio Bay
  3. Cathedral Caves
  4. McLean Falls
  5. Lake Wilkie
  6. Tautuku Beach nature walk
  7. Puakaunui Falls
  8. Cannibal Bay, sea lion colony
  9. Roaring Bay, yellow-eyed penguin habitat
  10. Nugget Point Light house


These natural attractions show the geological diversity of the Catlin’s region, which range from primordial podocarp rainforest to magnificent coastal edifices such as the Cathedral Caves and the Jurassic era coastal petrified forest. A display of the petrified wood is at the Slope Point Backpackers; all of which was found on our property.

There is a lot of information on the website about the Catlin’s and all that it has to offer. The official Catlin’s website www.catlins.org.nz is a great place to start with. Its sole focus is on letting you know what you can discover in the area and the facilities you can expect.

Please take your time to read the activities, nature and wildlife; and walks on this website so you can get an idea of what to expect and you can plan your trip in the comfort of your home to make the most of your time in the Catlin’s region.

For us, the special and unique feature about the Catlin’s is that there is such a contrast of activities to do in such a small amount of time. Even as a resident in this area, I am always amazed still about how lucky we are to live here. From golden beaches, to forest walks to the wildlife in their natural environment. This year I had a great experience to swim with the hectors dolphins and see adult penguins feeding their chicks. Without a doubt, we recommend at least two days to explore what the Catlin’s has to offer.  Please take the time to look in the activities section to see what we recommend you could do for 2 days.