• Purakaunui Falls and Pounawea
  • Nearby fur seals
  • Dolly World and Teapotland


  • By car: 1 hour 20 mins from Dunedin
  • By car: 1 hour 40 mins from Invercargill

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For travellers exploring the Catlins, Owaka is a great place to take a break. The museum and information centre will quickly expand your local knowledge.

The largest town in the Catlins area, Owaka was established by pioneers in the late 1800s. The town was originally called Catlins River, then Quakerfield.

Nearby attractions include the beautiful Purakaunui Falls and Pounawea, a great place for bird watching. The fur seal colony at Nugget Point, the sea lions of Cannibal Bay and Jack’s Blowhole are also within easy reach. The blowhole is the site where a large sea cave collapsed to leave a deep ocean-filled hole in the middle of a field.

Owaka has a doctor, pharmacy, grocer, internet café, craft shops and a variety of places to stay, plus the quirky attractions of Dolly World and Teapotland. The Catlins Historical Museum in Burns Street focuses on family life in southland over the last 100 years.

Functional facts: Approx. population 325, information centre, essential shops and services.

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