Southland

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Southland

A true blue, quirky mix of heartland and bogan, add a dash of the gay in Gore and gregarious local penguins on lonely beaches.

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1 km return | 20 minutes return

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Alex McKenzie Arboretum, Otautau

Overnight Campervan Parking

Alex McKenzie Arboretum, Otautau

Overnight Campervan Parking

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Whisky Creek Track

Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve

Whisky Creek Track

Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve

Time: 2 hours (loop track) plus a 30-45 minutes side track

Yellow eyed penguins waddling through the petrified forest

Watch penguins return to their nesting grounds.

Time: 40 min – I hr return depending on walk taken

Stirling point

6.2 km return | 2 hours return

Mating ritual or lovers tiff?

20 minutes return

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Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

Lumsden Information Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking

Lumsden Information Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking

Purakaunui Falls head on

1 km return | 20 minutes return

Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park

Award winning seaside Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park, Home of the NZ Sea Lions, 100% NZ Pure, eco-tourism camping experience

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Becca1

United Kingdom

South of South Island, Southern Coastal Drive: Great drive, lots of lookouts, walks, views, great sight seeing, nice to see the real New Zealand, e.g. towns not commercialised for tourists. Starts at Owaka.

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Spotting porpoises at Curio Bay

See dolphins in their natural habitat from the beach at Curio Bay

The "nuggets" at Nugget Point

500 m return | 10 - 20 minutes return

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Primo

1.5 km return | 40 minutes return

Cannibal bay

Time: 5 hr return

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Victoria Slater

United Kingdom

Curio and Porpoise Bays: We saw fur seals, hectors dolphins, yellow eyed penguins and a petrified tree forest, all for free. Fantastic given that you usually have to pay to see penguins and dolphins elsewhere. Great motorcamp on the cliff above the bays.

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Dunsdale Recreation Reserve
Piano Flat Camping Ground
Seals at Surat Bay

Surat Bay

Seal Watching

Surat Bay

Seal Watching

Time: 10 - 20 minute walk to view large Sea Lions