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Bicycles, (even penny farthings) come through the Catlins!
Many choose to motorhome, drive, fly or motorcycle! These roads are unhurried, scenic and uncrowded.
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The Catlins, with their rich maritime history, “Roaring Forties” trade winds, wild coastlines and pristine wilderness, makes an ideal detour along the magical highway, identified on maps, as The Southern Scenic Route. This newly discovered scenic themed highway, links Queenstown to Dunedin and Invercargill.
Well worth the slight detour, as you tour the deep south, The Catlins, will provide the variety you crave.
A veritable feast of the best New Zealand has to offer with a plethora of jaw-dropping coastlines, rare Antarctic wildlife, ancient podocarp forests, both living and fossilized, stunning waterfalls and spectacularly carved ocean sea caves.
The Cathedral Caves in particular, are a ‘must see’ and being located in the geographical heart of the Catlins, make this area a logical overnight stopover, as they are tidal dependant.
The Catlins takes the definition of variety and natural wonders to new heights.
You can indulge your passion for photography, nature walks, wild coastlines or seek solitude. You will explore trails, surf in secret coves, watch rare yellow-eyed penguins as they make landfall to feed their young or swim with the friendly Hector’s Dolphins, the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world.
Not far from the craziness of the marquee tourist attractions of Queenstown, via the Southern Scenic Route you will experience a New Zealand that dates back to Gondwanaland and the time that the giant ‘moas’ and other native species ruled the forests.
The spectacular beauty of the Catlins portion of the Southern Scenic Route allows you to feel that you are truly a world apart!
This new Comprehensive & FREE Self-Guide Catlins Map, with optional gateway "direcfions" sketch map is available for download on the official www.catlinsnz.com website.
The map and app, lists sites that visitors to the region can view including: the iconic Cathedral Caves, unique wildlife, including sealions, yellow-eyed penguins, the Nuggets and the many water falls that are a feature of the Catlins.
This will allow pre-planning by Catlins visitors, who can download the map free of charge on-line prior to their arrival in the Catlins.
The map can be downloaded FREE off their official website at: www.catlinsnz.com
He has also added a pictorial primer of the Catlins which travellers can view to see the diversity of the region which will make it a must see on any trip to the South Island of New Zealand.
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