Kaka Point, gateway to The Catlins, is a seaside destination with patrolled beaches in summer. Long, white, sandy beaches provide an ideal base for relaxing or exploring The Catlins, where you can enjoy spectacular scenery, including the rocky outcrop at Nugget Point Lighthouse with its dramatic, sweeping views.
Experience local wildlife, such as yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho), fur seals and Hooker sea lions in their natural surroundings. Seabirds and native birds are scattered throughout the district. Bush walks, waterfalls, the Curio Bay Petrified Forest, Waipati Beach's Cathedral Caves, sea and ocean views, and fantastic sunrises all exist within our piece of paradise.
Nugget Point Walks
Enjoy dramatic coastal views from the Tokata Lighthouse and spot seals, penguins and other seabirds on short walks.
Surat Bay in The Catlins is a quiet and peaceful spot, home to many sea lions, seals and native birds, all of which can be viewed in their natural environment.
In this small sheltered bay and beach, which was the site of early Maori encampments, New Zealand sea lions can often be seen. The sedimentary rock formations are spectacular.
This track is a scenic walk through a historic reserve down to an interesting 19th century historic railway tunnel that visitors can explore.
Owaka – its name means "Place of the Canoe" – is a great place to explore. Shops, a museum and information centre, plus the quirky attractions of Dolly World and Teapotland.
This bay connects to a walking track that will take walkers to a blowhole! Heavy swells from the southern ocean on this exposed coastline can create an impressive display as waves are compressed through the underground tunnel and explode into the blowhole.
Purakaunui Falls, the most photographed New Zealand waterfall, is located in the heart of the Catlins Forest Park. There is an easy 10-minute walk to the waterfall's lookout. Included in the New Zealand Must-See Waterfalls list.
Located in cliffs at the northern end of pristine Waipati Beach, the Cathedral Caves have attracted international interest for their length – the two sea-formed passages together measure just on 200 metres – and their impressive height, up to 30 metres.
Roaring Bay Penguin Hide
Roaring Bay is home to the yellow-eyed penguin/hōiho who can be viewed from the hide when they come ashore in the late afternoon.
Curio & Porpoise Bays
Hector's dolphins, marine wildlife and the fossilised remains of an ancient forest can be seen at Curio and Porpoise bays.
Tautuku is a spectacular, forest-fringed bay that sweeps round to an impressive headland. New Zealand sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins are among the wildlife that can often be seen on the beach.
Actually, two waterfalls, Horseshoe Falls and Matai Falls, are located on the Matai Stream in the Catlins Forest Park.