The Catlins is a superb location to introduce kids and urbanites to the wild. Wildlife, galore with plenty of feeding grounds in the southern oceans. The area is sparsely populated. This invokes a sense of nature and, together with the lush podocarp forested interior, rugged coastal beaches and small communities there is a depth of experiences to be had. The variety of bird biodiversity means it is an excellent way to meet native New Zealanders in their habitat. The rare Yellow eyed penguins have a protected home and the roar of sea lions makes the Catlins an interesting place for families. For everyone the magnificent ocean waves pounding the coast, rugged rock formations and magnificent waterfalls attract nature lovers who have a choice of walks from short family friendly kids strolls to multiple day tramps. Take the slow lane and spend time investigating the wild yonder of Southland, the Catlins. While the weather is the balmy tropics it is perfect for the wildlife, take a leaf out their books, rug up with warm layers and enjoy the brisk breezes of the Catlins.