About and Directions
The Catlins area in southern New Zealand is a natural retreat where wilderness and farmland coexist, where beech and podocarp rainforest with abundant native birdlife still extends from hill tops to the coast. The headlands and beaches of the varied coast are home to sub-antarctic wildlife such as yellow-eyed penguins, petrels and sea lions. The Catlins is a place for those who love nature to stay a while and enjoy the freedom of the many outdoor opportunities for exploration.
Directions for getting to Mohua Park
Note: There is no signage anywhere pointing to “The Catlins”. The Southern Scenic Route leaves Highway 1 in Balclutha at High Street. Signs there indicate Owaka and Invercargill. The Southern Scenic Route in Invercargill turns off Elles Road at McQuarrie Street. Signs there indicate Fortrose, then later, Tokanui, then Balclutha and Papatowai.
Once in The Catlins, follow the Southern Scenic Route and about 10kms south of Owaka OR 16kms north from Papatowai - you will be at the turn off onto Catlins Valley Road. There is a large brown sign indicating Mohua Park, also large brown signs indicating the Catlins River Walk. Catlins Valley Road is a gravel road and 7.44 kms along the road you will be on the crest of a hill with the gateway to Mohua Park on the right. There is a Mohua Park sign and a blue number 744 on the fence. Turn into the drive and it will lead you to the garden and the Main House. The reception area is at the front of the house
Note: there is limited cell phone coverage in The Catlins.
Head southwest on Papatowai Hwy/Waikawa Rd toward Stuart St
Continue to follow Papatowai Hwy
Turn right onto Catlins Valley Rd
LYNDON & GILL are both originally from Southland and the West Otago where they farmed up until 2000.They moved to Wanaka where they purchased and operated their own B&B. They have two adult children who are both living overseas. Lyndon and Gill both have a love of the outdoors, fishing, hiking and enjoying wide open spaces.. This love has brought them south again. They welcome you to Mohua Park.