Untouched Southland is known for its rare and unique wildlife - you can expect tuatara, dolphins, whales and more.
Head to the Catlins to encounter some of the world's rarest wildlife - home to the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, Hookers Sea Lion and Hector's Dolphin, the Catlins offers the opportunity to see these magnificent animals up close in the wild. Or, take a boat tour. Experienced locals will take you to the best spots. If you're a bird lover, you'll be able to see Albatross, petrels and turns (as well as many other bird species) in Southland. A horse trek is a great way to explore the region, or, if you would like to see live tuatara, head to the Southland Museum. The only beak-headed reptile in the world, tuatara can live for over 100 years and are fascinating reptiles to experience close-up.
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