Mohua Park   -   Catlins Scenic Tours


     phone : +64 3 415 8613                                 address : 744 Catlins valley Road RD 2 Tawanui                      email :


CATLINS     Scenic and Wildlife Tours

Guided Tours

The Catlins has a variety of features which make it unique to the eastern coast of the South Island. It is rugged, remote and endowed with large tracts of native rainforest. It has abundant wildlife, is sparsely populated and is very scenic and unspoilt. The climate is temperate with a generous annual rainfall which nurtures the predominantly green landscape. River valleys, hills, farmland, and forests which reach to the sea dominate the landscape. Coastal cliffs, estuaries, beaches, sea caves, rock stacks and a petrified forest add to the seascape.

Wildlife and native plants and trees are a feature of the Catlins. Varieties of sea birds are prolific and you may see the forest-dwelling birds tui, bellbird, fantail, native pigeon and the rare mohua. You may also be fortunate enough to observe yellow-eyed penguins from the viewing hides provided. The Catlins is also home to the New Zealand sea lion, fur seal and the Hector’s dolphin.

The forests contain many native tree species especially tree ferns, rata, kahikatea, miro, kamahi, and silver beech.

One of our most popular tours is to see the rare Yellow Eyed Penguin

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Catlins Scenic & Wildlife Tours run in partnership with Mohua Park Eco Accommodation, in the heart to The Catlins.   We offer 4 separate guided tours covering a most of the Catlins area.



Sunrise Tour 3 - 4 hours (weather dependent). Departure time 5.30am from Mohua Park or pick up by arrangement


1. Yellow eyed Penguin going out to sea.

2. Nugget Light house

3. Guide will point out landmarks

4. New Zealand Fur Seals

5. Sea Birds


Tour Group min 2 Max 8

Adults -  $150.00 per person

Children up to 16 -  $75.00 per person


*Note snacks & drinks not included




Evening Tour  3 - 4  hours (weather dependent). Departure time 3 pm from Mohua Park or pick up by



1. Nugget Light House

2. New Zealand Fur Seals

3. Guide will point out landmarks

4. Yellow eyed Penguins returning


Tour Group min 2 max 8

Adults - $150.00 per person

Children up to 16 - $75.00 per person


  *Note snacks & drinks not included




Beach Bush and Waterfall Tour 5 - 6 hours (weather dependent) Departure time 9 am from Mohua Park or pick up by arrangement.


1. Visit Cannibal, Purakanui, Tautuku Bays

2. May have encounters with Sea Lions

3. Florence Hill Look Out

4. Lake Wilkie

5. Cathedral Caves (season & tide dependant – will arrange tour around this)

6. Purakanui, McLean and Matai Falls

7. Nugget Lighthouse

8. Yellow eyed Penguins at Roaring Bay



Tour Group min 2 max 8

Adults - $250.00 per person

Children up to 16 - $125.00 per person


  *Note: We will stop for refreshments and a bite to eat at a local café, at your own cost

              Additional costs for entry at Cathedral Caves




In Depth Nature and Natural History Tour  8 hours (weather Dependent). Departure time 5.30 am from Mohua Park or pickup by arrangement.



Guided tours to the individual or group booking.


Guide with 20 years’ wildlife experience


1. Yellow eyed penguins

2. Nugget Light House

3. New Zealand Fur Seals

4. Sea Birds

5. Wading Birds

6. Beech Forest

7. Native Bush Birds

8. Catlins River & Valley Walk - a chance to see NZ native birds such as the rare Mohua (yellowhead), Tui’s, NZ Rifleman.


This tour is for people with a passion for spotting NZ’s many native and exotic and wading birds, and for those who have an interest in NZ natural history.


Additional Extra: Wholesome Country Breakfast picnic style, provided during the tour and a light lunch at Mohua Park for an additional cost of $30pp.


Tour Group min 2 max 8

Adults - $350.00 per person

Children up to 16 - $200.00 per person

Country Breakfast and Lunch provided  $30.00 per person  *conditions apply



Note: Important things to bring on ALL tours


• Warm & Waterproof clothing – layers are a good option, light thermals and jackets

• Good walking shoes


• Hiking boots are recommended for Nature tour

• Walking poles

• Sun hat & sun screen

• Insect repellent

• Water bottles & snacks

• Carry personal medication

• Parents of infants should bring a child backpack to carry them safely

Please advise at time of booking if you have any medical conditions or food allergies or allergies in general.





P: +64 3 415 8613


A: 744 Catlins Valley Rd RD2 Owaka