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Southern Scenic Road Trip: Wildlife Safari Road Trip, The Catlins

Pounawea to Waipapa Point Lighthouse

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Lighthouse on hill at Waipapa Point Lighthouse on hill at Waipapa Point

One of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most photographed waterfalls will not disappoint. The walk is a temptation to go further as the roar of the waterfalls intensifies as you walk the easy / medium track. Next on the Southern Scenic Route is Lenz Historic Reserve with its ghosts of timber workers and abandoned equipment a mute testimony of the destruction of native forest. Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk is extraordinary and a must do walk for visitors. The walk starts in native bush and slowly the vegetation changes and moves into the wetland vegetation. The informative plaques tell the story of how the landscape is constantly changing. A memorising and very photogenic location. Another glorious place is Cathedral Cove where, for a short time between the tides you get to enter one of New Zealand’s largest natural sea caves.


  • Purakaunui Falls
  • Lenz Reserve and Trails Tractor
  • Lake Wilkie
  • Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk
  • Papatowai Store quiry gallery
  • Cathedral Cove (summer season only)
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