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Nugget Point Catlins Tours

Nugget Point and Catlins Tours

You are welcome to join us on our regular Twilight Tour which leaves the motel 2 hours before sunset. Our Twilight Tour runs all-year-round.

The Nugget View/Kaka Point twilight tours encompass Kaka Point and Nugget Point and include a visit to the penguin colony at Roaring Bay and the Nugget Point Lighthouse.

Over a duration of approximately 2½ hours you will see seals, penguins and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Sea lions are also spotted at various times.

Tour One: Twilight Tour
Tour Two: Catlins 1-Day Tour
Tour Three: Catlins 2-Day Tour - for bird watchers and walkers
Tour Four: Catlins, Dunedin and Central Otago 5-Day Tour - nature and heritage combined

To book please contact Bruce or Coral.
Telephone: 03 4128 602 or 0800 525 278
Email: nugview@catlins.co.nz

Twilight Tour to Kaka Point, Nugget Point  and a visit to Penguin ColonyTwilight Tour operates every day for 2 hours

Tour One: 'Twilight Tour'

Our Twilight Tour operates every night approximately 2 hours before sunset. This tour encompasses Kaka Point and Nugget Point and includes a visit to the Penguin Colony at Roaring Bay and the Nugget Point Lighthouse. During this tour you will see seals, penguins and wildlife, all in their natural habitat. Sea lions are also spotted at various times.

There is a maximum of 10 persons on each tour. If you wish to have your tour on a specific date, booking is advisable.

TIME: Telephone or email for precise departure times, approximately 2 hours before sunset
TOUR PRICE: $35 NZD, $40 NZD if you are not staying with us
DURATION OF TOUR: 2½ hours
TOUR NUMBERS: Minimum of 2 persons, maximum 10 persons, booking is advisable for specific dates.
To book this tour or to check for departure times contact Bruce or Coral.
Telephone: 03 4128 602 or 0800 525 278
Email: nugview@catlins.co.nz

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Tour Two: 'Catlins 1-Day Tour'

Our most popular tour package is the 1-day tour departing at 9am. Going to Curio Bay, taking in all the highlights through The Catlins, including the fossil forest, waterfalls, Cathedral Caves, bush walks, and sea lions. Arriving to motels at approximately 5.30 to 6pm, with the option of adding a Twilight Tour.

Cost is $125 per person, minimum of 2 persons.

Pick-up/starting point will determine the route of the tour. The outline of the tour starting from the south is as follows:

You will be picked up off a ferry at Bluff, or from a pre-arranged location in Invercargill, and travel through The Catlins to Kaka Point and stay overnight at the Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels.

On the way through The Catlins we will stop at Curio Bay, a popular spot for bodyboarding and where dolphins have been seen on occasion. We shall walk and view the internationally renowned Petrified Forest, one of the world's finest fossil forests which is exposed at low tide. Our tour will take us to McLean Falls, and we will visit Cathedral Caves if open, and then on to Lake Wilkie, a still lake within the Catlins Forest.

Our journey will then take us to Purakaunui Falls, a very popular Catlins waterfall, and finally Cannibal Bay, where sea lions can be viewed. We arrive at Kaka Point at the Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels at approximately 4pm, however, this is dependent on tide times and wildlife viewing.

Your evening can include a Twilight Tour, 2 hours before sunset, to see the penguins, seals and lighthouse at Roaring Bay and Nugget Point.

Enjoy your evening accommodation at Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels and the following day you are welcome to choose another restful day with us, or we can help you continue your journey with bus transportation from Balclutha or Dunedin, or any alternative arrangements you may wish for.

Booking for this tour is essential.

This tour can also begin from Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels and travel south, with a Twilight Tour on the evening of your arrival and a journey south the following day, beginning at Cannibal Bay, followed by Purakaunui Falls, Lake Wilkie, Cathedral Caves if open, McLean Falls, the Petrified Forest and Curio Bay.

TIME: Telephone or email for precise departure times
TOUR PRICE: $125 NZD to Curio Bay
Added Extras: Transfers from Balcutha, Invercargill, Dunedin or Queenstown avaliable, prices on request
Add cost of Twilight Tour, $30 NZD per person for evening
Accommodation by arrangement $95–$190 NZD
DURATION OF TOUR: A Full-Day Tour plus evening - dependent on season and ferry times
TOUR NUMBERS: A minimum of 2 persons are required to enable this tour to run, maximum 10.
Please enquire for alternative costs for smaller parties if you would like to enjoy this tour.
Bookings are taken up to 24 hours prior to departure.
To book this tour or to check for departure times contact Bruce or Coral.
Telephone: 03 4128 602 or 0800 525 278
Email: nugview@catlins.co.nz

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Tour Three: 'Catlins 2-Day Tour' For Bird Watchers And Walkers

The Catlins 2-Day Tour begins with The Catlins 1-Day Tour, then on the second day we visit additional areas of interest within The Catlins.

Our first stop is beautiful Jacks Bay and a 45-minute walk to view Jacks Blowhole, a natural crevice within the hillside where the sea can be viewed crashing up between the rock faces. We leave Jacks Blowhole and travel to Matai Falls, which can be viewed after a 15-minute walk amongst The Catlins rainforest. We continue to the Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk, where the rare fern bird can be seen.

Our tour continues to Tahakopa Bay with a walk through the Tahakopa Bay Coastal Podocarp Forest, which fringes a white sandy bay. We follow a 1-hour walking track along the Old Coach Road to the historic moa-hunters' camp at the river mouth. A 2–3 hour tramp through this significant reserve can also be arranged.

The Catlins 2-Day Tour tour will work around the tides and proceed into the Cathedral Caves at low tide, if open.

TOUR PRICE: $260 NZD
DURATION OF TOUR: 2 Full-Day Tours - times dependent on season and ferry times
Added Extras: 2 nights' accommodation available from $95–$190 NZD per night
TOUR NUMBERS: A minimum of 2 persons is required to enable this tour to run, maximum 10.
To book this tour or to check for departure times contact Bruce or Coral.
Please enquire for alternative costs for smaller parties if you would like to enjoy this tour. Bookings are taken up to 24 hours prior to departure.

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Tour Four: Catlins, Dunedin and Central Otago 5-Day Tour - Nature And Heritage Combined

Day 1 - Twilight Tour
Days 2 and 3 - Catlins Tours
Day 4 - Dunedin
Day 5 - Central Otago Gold Trail

Day 1 - Twilight Tour
Arrive at the Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels, enjoy the Twilight Tour encompassing the lighthouse, penguin colony and viewing wildlife.

Days 2 and 3 - Catlins Tours
Experience our Catlins 2-Day Tour, as mentioned above, view waterfalls and wildlife. Enjoy beach and bush walks, to fit your level of fitness and comfort.

Day 4 - Dunedin
Our trip to Dunedin includes a drive around the peninsula to visit the Dunedin Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Heads. We then travel to the Railway Station and take a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway. We finish with some sightseeing around Dunedin, then return to the Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels or alternatively we can enjoy a pre-booked dinner in Dunedin at the Speight's Ale House, an iconic Dunedin pub. Our day in Dunedin is completely flexible, with other sightseeing options available by arrangement. Discuss your preference with us. Other sightseeing options include Larnach Castle, Cadbury World, Speight's Brewery Tours, Olveston Historic Homestead, Dunedin Botanical Gardens and Meridian Shopping Centre.

Our day is complete on our return to Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels for another restful evening.

Other sightseeing options and those mentioned above, including shopping and dinner at the Speight's Bar are additional costs on this tour.

Day 5 - Central Otago Gold Trail
Travelling alongside the Clutha River to Alexandra. On the way we will stop at the Tuapeka Punt, Horse Shoe Bend and the Lonely Graves to view the old Teivot Woolshed. We then go to Pinders Pond where one of the last gold dredges worked; Roxburgh where we will spend 1–2 hours gold panning; orchards; dams; power generation; wrought iron and forged crafts. We will drive over the Roxbourgh Dam and on to Fruitlands to visit Mitchell's Cottage, and visit Alexandra. We will view the Clyde Dam and see gold tailings at Earnscleugh before returning to Kaka Point.

All these tours can be made to fit your requirements, for example if you are doing the rail trail we can pick you up at Middlemarch (minimum 2 persons).

TOUR PRICE: $1250 NZD (includes 5 evenings of twin-share accommodation)
DURATION OF TOUR: 5 days
TOUR VARIATIONS: The season, ferry times, weather, train times and tour times are factors which makes this tour completely flexible for guests to enjoy.
TOUR NUMBERS: A minimum of 2 persons is required to enable this tour to run, maximum 10.
Please enquire for alternative costs for smaller parties if you would like to enjoy this tour. Bookings are taken up to 24 hours prior to departure.