Suggested Scenic Highlights Within the Catlins to Experience (Optional Day Trips)
Kaka Point/Nugget Point/Roaring Bay/Sandy Bay/Cannibal Bay
Travel to the seaside village of Kaka Point (15 minute drive from Tiromoana).
It has a beautiful beach right on its door step which is perfect to take the family. During the summer season, the beach is monitored by life guards. Relax and take a swim or a surf within the safety of the flags. Stroll along the beach and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere Kaka Point offers.
Have a coffee or lunch at The Point Café & Bar looking out over the beautiful Pacific Ocean before venturing on to Nugget Point. (10 minute drive from Kaka Point)
Nugget Point is a wildlife reserve best known for its unique wave eroded rock formations which resemble golden nuggets. The 20 minute walk to the lighthouse and viewing platform rewards the traveller with dramatic scenery of the Nuggets but also a seal colony which is inhabited by Hooker Sea lions, the N Z Fur Sea lion and sometimes Elephant Seals have been spotted sunning themselves on the rocks below the Light House as well.
Just below the Nugget Point carpark is another wildlife experience which is a must to see. Roaring Bay offers a discreet viewing platform to view the native and endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho). These are best observed at dawn or dusk when they are entering or exiting the sea for feeding. Alternatively, Sandy Trails Penguin Tours is a personalised service which offers guided walks over farmland to experience wildlife in their natural habitat. Visit www.sandytrails.co.nz for more information or contact Jude Weedon on 03 4158474 or 0274158341.
On your travels back to Owaka, stop at Cannibal Bay where you are sure to see Sealions upfront and personal right on the beach. Please keep your distance and be aware that these are wild animals. While they may look lazy and slow, they are in fact very quick if they feel threatened at all!! The majority of the time they just like to sunbath and snooze.
After your day exploring, finish with a beverage and a lovely meal at The Catlins Café. Enjoy friendly hospitality and great food in a warm, inviting environment. www.calinscafe.co.nz
Museum/Catlins Soap Company/Horse Riding/Pounawea/Jacks Blow Hole/Purakaunui Falls
Round Trip of the Catlins Lake
Start your day with a mighty breakfast and a great coffee at The Catlins Café followed by a visit to The Catlins Information Centre and Museum. This is a fantastic recourse for all of your attraction information but also for finding out the amazing history associated with the area. (Ship wrecks, saw milling, whaling, sealing, railways – the history behind the Catlins is amazing.)
Just 5 km up the Owaka Valley is the gorgeous Catlins Soap Company. Stoll around the beautiful gardens, browse through their fabulous gift shop, or bring your lunch and enjoy a coffee and chat with the very hospitable owners; Jude and Ross McNab. A gem of a location!! www.thecatlinssoapcompany.co.nz
Stock up on picnic lunch supplies at the Four Square and head straight for a mid-morning horse ride along farmland and over the white sands of Surat Bay.
Catlins Horse Riding with TeTaunga Adventures is a wonderful way to experience some beautiful scenery and wildlife. For more information visit www.catlinshorseriding.co.nz or contact Cara directly on 027 629 2904 or e-mail an enquiry to email@example.com
Enjoy your lunch in the company of Cara and her horses or head to Pounawea and enjoy your lunch on the waterfront of this gorgeous wee township. It is the perfect place for children with a fantastic playground, a small bushwalk and of course the beach.
Jacks Bay and the Blowhole Walking Track is your next destination. The track adventures over farmland and coastal scenes to this amazing blowhole which seems to just appear from nowhere.
To complete your exploring for the day, Purakanui Falls will finish your adventure on a fantastic note. Just 10 minutes from Jacks Bay – Purakaunui Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Catlins and the most photographed!! The 10 minute walk into the falls is just gorgeous and the end result .. magical. Highly Recommended!!
To complete your day, head to The Lumberjack Bar and Café for a well-deserved drink and a lovely meal. Enjoy the open fire and lovely rustic décor.
Catherdal Caves/McLean Falls/Lake Wilkie/Tautuku/Florence Hill/Papatowai/Matai Falls
The highlight for this day trip is the Cathedral Caves.
Access to the Caves is two hours either side of low tide so you need to find out when low tide is from the information centre (we will have low tide information in the house for you), and organise around this time frame. It will take you approx. 30 – 40 minutes to drive to the Caves carpark. There is also a small fee payable on arrival as access is via private road – so please have some cash on you as there is no eftpos facilities available.
The walk down to Waipati beach is through lovely bush and is approx. 30 minutes one way. You then walk along the beach to the caves and if the tide allows, through the caves.
Within 500m of the Cathedral Cave access road is the McLean Falls access road and the Whistling Frog Café & Bar.
Take in the tranquil setting of the bush and the beautiful McLean Falls before or after your visit to the coast Cathedral Caves. You are getting the best of both worlds (rugged coastal scenes and tranquil, peacefulness in one visit).
Then finish with a great coffee or lunch (or even dinner) at the Whistling Frog Café. A vibrant wee café with lots to look at, and great food/wine. Depending on your tide times, there are other beautiful attractions to visit on the way to the Caves or on your way home to Owaka.
Lake Wilkie is a gorgeous walk around a beautiful lake situated just off Tautuku beach. It is especially special when the Rata trees are flowering red in the summer.
Stop off at the Florence Hill lookout to view the stunning Tautuku Bay and Peninsula.
Grab a coffee at Papatowai and have a stroll along the Papatowai Beach.
Matai Falls is another wee gem of a walk to visit and enjoy.
Catlins River – Wisp Loop Track
A 24 km Two Day or One Day Tramping Route which features the Catlins River, Waterfalls, Beech Forest, Rare birdlife (Mohua and Rifleman) and other fantastic views.
For more information visit the Catlins Information Centre or search www.catlins.org.nz
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