Catlins Scenic and Wildlife Tours


p: +64 3 415 8613




a: 744 Catlins Valley Road RD2 Tawanui


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 offer 4 separate guided tour options covering much of the Catlins. Each tour is personalised to each booking and the individual interests of the group/or person. You tell us what is what you want to see and we will endeavour to make sure it happens.


Catlins Scenic & Wildlife Tours holds both, DOC concession for The Catlins for visitior activity & Marine Mammal viewing concessions.


New Zealand Toursim Qualmark - Silver Activity Endorsement ( insert Endorsement here)


Sunrise Tour 3-4 hours


Cost: Adult 150.00pp Child $75.00pp


Departure time: (1 hr before sunrise) 4.30-5.30am depending on time of year.


Meeting point: Catlins Mohua Park or by arrangement at an alternative pick up point.


Tour Group minimum number 2, Max 8


Level Fitness Required - Easy/Moderate


Tour includes:


View Yellow Eyed Penguins heading out to sea

Nugget Point Light House

Landmarks and points of interest

NZ Fur Seal viewing

Sea Birds

Walking time: 20 mins (one way to Lighthouse. Walking ot Bird viewing hide 15 mins - one way)


Beach Bush and Waterfall Tour


Cost Adult $250pp Child $125 pp


Departure Time: 9am Catlins Mohua Park or by arrangement at an alternative pick up point.


Fitness level: Easy/Moderate


Tour Includes


Cannibal Bay, Purakanui Bay & Tautuku Bay

May have Sea Lion encounters

Florence Hill Lookout

Lake Wilkie

Purakanui, McLean & Matai Falls

Nugget Point Lighthouse

Walking times varied: max walking time 40 mins one way. Gentle walks with some inclines and some steps on tracks


Note: Stops for refreshments and a chance for a bite to eat at a local cafe will be made available.


In-Depth Nature Tour - Full Day Tour (8 hours)


Cost:  Adult $350 pp  Child $150


Departure Time: 4.30-5.30am depending on time of year.


Fitness level: Easy/Moderate


Tour includes:


Yellow eyed penguins

Nugget Light House

NZ Fur Seals

Sea Birds

Wading Birds

Beech Forest

Native Bush Birds

Catlins River Walk, Valley Walk - a chance to see NZ native birds such as the rare Mohua (yellowhead), Tuis, NZ Rifleman.

This tour is for people with a passion for spotting NZ's many native and exotic and wading birds, and for those with an interest in NZ Natural History.


Additions: A Wholesome country breakfast, picnic style is provided as part of this tour, as is a light lunch at Mohua Park.


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 In-Depth nature tour

Walking poles

Sunhat & sunscreen

Insect repellent

Water bottles & snacks

Carry personal medication

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

Please advise at the 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