The Catlins

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To the east, a sparkling blue and green jewel in South­land’s crown is The Catlins. It’s a large area to cover but, ben­e­fit­ing from long day­light hours in the sum­mer, there is plenty of time to ex­plore.

Over an hour’s drive from Gore is Nugget Point. Wind past quintessential Kiwi ‘cribs’, many of which are hol­i­day homes avail­able to rent (hol­i­day­houses.co.nz, book­abach.co.nz), to the start of a short walk to the Light­house. Spot the fur seal colony be­low the cliffs and mar­vel at the rocky islets scat­tered be­low the dar­ing look­out deck.

It’s worth pulling over to see the McLean Falls, Lake Wilkie, Cathe­dral Caves and Cu­rio Bay’s pet­ri­fied for­est and pen­guins. Plan to stop at the colour­ful Catlins Cafe or food-truck-meetsmini-art-world The Lost Gypsy Gallery in Owaka, as well as the Ni­a­gara Falls Cafe based in Ni­a­gara’s quaint old school house (catlins.org.nz).

Which­ever road you turn down, they’ll be some­thing spe­cial wait­ing in South­land. south­landnz.com

Clock­wise from

above: The Caitlins’ Cathe­dral Caves at Waipati Beach; Nugget Point Light­house; a view of the his­toric pet­ri­fied for­est at Cu­rio Bay.

The Catlins Cafe in Owaka

(cen­tre) is one of many lo­cal eater­ies serv­ing the re­gion’s beloved cheese rolls (above

left). The Ni­a­gara Falls

Cafe in Ni­a­gara’s school house (above right); the ma­jes­tic McLean Falls on the Tau­tuku River in Catlins Con­ser­va­tion Park (be­low).

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