The Catlins has a variety of features which make it unique to the eastern coast of the South Island. It is rugged, remote and endowed with large tracts of native rainforest. It has abundant wildlife, is sparsely populated and is very scenic and unspoilt. The climate is temperate with a generous annual rainfall which nurtures the predominantly green landscape. River valleys, hills, farmland, and forests which reach to the sea dominate the landscape. Coastal cliffs, estuaries, beaches, sea caves, rock stacks and a petrified forest add to the seascape.
Wildlife and native plants and trees are a feature of the Catlins. Varieties of sea birds are prolific and you may see the forest-dwelling birds tui, bellbird, fantail, native pigeon and the rare mohua. You may also be fortunate enough to observe yellow-eyed penguins from the viewing hides provided. The Catlins is also home to the New Zealand sea lion, fur seal and the Hector’s dolphin.
The forests contain many native tree species especially tree ferns, rata, kahikatea, miro, kamahi, and silver beech.
One of our most popular tours is to see the rare Yellow Eyed Penguin.
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Catlins Scenic & Wildlife Tours offer 4 separate guided tour options covering much of the Catlins. Each tour is personalised to each booking and the individual interests of the group/or person. You tell us what is what you want to see and we will endeavour to make sure it happens.
Catlins Scenic & Wildlife Tours holds both, DOC concession for The Catlins for visitior activity & Marine Mammal viewing concessions.