New Zealand’s ‘deep south’ is a contrasting mix of raw coastlines, untouched wilderness and great swathes of farmland. Known for its famous Bluff Oysters and the launching place for a visit to Stewart island, it’s laid-back, lightly populated and a region where getting off the beaten track goes with the territory.
The Catlins is an enchanting region that offers a glimpse into rural New Zealand. Set amidst native forests, fringed by high cliffs and golden beaches, here you’ll find a world of waterfalls, walking tracks that provide access to some special scenic, historic and culturally significant sites and this spectacular coastal stretch is a wonderful place for independent wildlife-watching. Fur seals and sealions laze along the coast, dolphins are frequent visitors and in spring southern right whales are occasionally spotted.
Fiordland is NZ’s largest and most impenetrable wilderness, a densely forested landmass ribbed with deeply recessed sounds. Its scenic beauty and wide range of activities makes it a world class sightseeing and walking destination and a ‘must do’ for anyone travelling to New Zealand.