The Catlins is a totally absorbing off-the-beaten-track area, an untrodden world where small patches of tamed farmland have made little impression on a landscape of formidable cliffs, wild forests, pretty bays and calm estuaries.
The variety of birdlife is an ornithologist’s delight, with many sea, estuary and forest birds in residence and, if you are lucky, you may encounter the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.
Here life decelerates and hours are whiled away walking on the beach, whitebait catching, wandering through native bush and exploring the Cathedral Caves.
Suggested itinerary featuring the Catlins
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Catlins, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Catlins
Places & hotels on the map
Places near the Catlins
- Stewart & Ulva Islands 99 kilometers away
- Dunedin 136 kilometers away
- The Otago Peninsula 147 kilometers away
- Te Anau & Manapouri 167 kilometers away
- Queenstown 176 kilometers away
- Arrowtown 184 kilometers away
- Glenorchy 200 kilometers away
- Doubtful Sound 205 kilometers away
- Lake Wanaka 210 kilometers away
- Milford Sound 231 kilometers away
- Twizel 271 kilometers away
- South Island 288 kilometers away
- Lake Tekapo 308 kilometers away
- Mount Cook National Park 327 kilometers away
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 355 kilometers away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 435 kilometers away
- Christchurch 441 kilometers away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 450 kilometers away
- Hokitika 456 kilometers away
Photos of the Catlins
Accommodation choices for the Catlins
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Catlins. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.