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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.

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Map of the Catlins

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    Places near 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.

    • Studio, Curio Bay Hotel, Catlins

      Curio Bay Hotel

      Medium

      Curio Bay Hotel has a panoramic beachfront location from where you can step straight into the waves or watch the dolphins from your terrace.

    • Catlins Farmstay B&B, Catlins

      Catlins Farmstay

      Medium

      Located close to Curio Bay, Catlins Farmstay B&B is a small and characterful property, perfectly positioned to explore the beautiful Catlins area.