The Catlins is that region on the south coast of New Zealand. The Catlins are part Southland and part Otago.
The Catlins, a rugged, sparsely populated area, features a scenic coastal landscape and dense forests, both of which harbour many endangered species of birds. Its exposed location leads to its frequently wild weather and heavy ocean swells, which are an attraction to big-wave surfers.
Ecotourism has become of growing importance in the Catlins economy, which otherwise relies heavily on dairy farming and fishing. The region's early whaling and forestry industries have long since died away, along with the coastal shipping that led to several tragic shipwrecks. Only some 1,200 people now live in the area, many of them in the settlement of Owaka.
When traveling the ‘coastal scenic route’ The Catlins feature with waterfalls, beaches and little traffic with few towns.
The Scenic Route is a must, but let the photos be the persuader.