We decided to visit one of our favorite places for Easter – Papatowai in the Catlins. The DOC camp was quite busy which we hadn’t expected, the last time we stayed there were only about four other groups staying there. The weather was good, overcast at times but warm enough.
Located near the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island, Curio Bay is a coastal area best known as the site of a petrified forest some 180 million years old. Curio Bay is one of the major attractions in the Catlins, attracting around 100,000 visitors per year.
See the highest cliffs in the Catlins and explore the sheltered beach and rocky shore of Purakaunui Bay.
The Nugget Point lighthouse is a must see if you are visiting the Catlins. Nugget Point is one of the most distinctive landforms along the Otago coast. It’s a steep headland with a lighthouse and a scattering of rocky islets (The Nuggets).
The Catlins Heads is located across the Catlins river mouth from Surat Bay. A great walk along the beach and rocks with amazing rock formations.
Surat Bay in the Catlins is a quiet, peaceful and beautiful spot. Home to many sea lions, seals and native birds, all of which can be viewed in their natural environment.
Papatowai is a small settlement in the Catlins district, situated at the mouth of the Tahakopa River. With a permanent population of about 30, the population rises dramatically during the holiday season.