The Central Catlins, is the most beautiful section full of natural wonders. You will enter the primal Native Podocarp Coastal Rainforest, consisting of Giant Rimu, Matai, Kamahi, and Southern Rata. There will be many photo opportunities at every turn, with little driving required. This forest and local micro-climate, is influenced by the sub-tropical ocean current that hugs the Catlins coast line. See the explanation boards at the top of Florence Hill Lookout (11).
Chasland's Mistake (6) The Point where Tommy Chaslands, a Fur Sealer, made a Mistake? He left the seals resting on the rocks till morning and they were all gone. Go seals...
McLean Falls (7) The tallest and most majestic waterfall in the Catlins. Learn about the Native trees that are labelled along the path, while listening to the bird songs. The very top section of the shear waterfall where it meets a water pool is 22 meters (72 feet) in height. The waterfall then carries on down the rocks for what seems like another 60 metres, but the true height is unknown. 3km drive, 30 - 40 minute return walk.
Cathedral Caves (8) One of the 30 longest sea caves in the world. Bring a headlight.
Historical Logging Site (9) See a historic Ford Logging Tractor in its working environment, with log hauler.
Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk (10) Photograph the rare Fern Bird among the prehistoric Jointed Reeds.
Tautuku Beach, Nature Walk (12) A 4km untouched beach with golden sands and turquoise waters. Collect seashells or see Isa's Cave at low tide.
Lake Wilkie (13) A forest in transition. See the rare glacial sand dune, mirror lake, transforming into forest.
The Old Coach Road (14) Follow the historic Coach Road as it meanders along the beach and forest of the Papatowai Estuary. The Papatowai Challenge is run here.
Papatowai (15) A small seaside settlement, where the "Lost Gypsy" Interactive Gizmo Gallery can be visited during the spring and summer months.