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Private Tour: Dunedin to the Catlins

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    What to Expect
    Starting out from your Dunedin accommodation in the comfort of your private vehicle, this full-day tour follows a southern scenic route to the Catlins. You'll visit the Otago town of Brighton before a photo stop at the mouth of the mighty Taieri River.

    Pass through Waihola and Balclutha before arriving in Owaka, gateway to the Catlins. A brief walk with your guide gets you to Nugget Point, which features the iconic rugged shoreline of the Otago Peninsula. From a viewing platform, search the waters for seabirds, New Zealand fur seals and elephant seals (December–February).

    Next up is a picturesque bay where rare New Zealand sea lions (aka Hooker's sea lions) are known to haul onto shore. Learn about the breeding habits of these marine mammals before a drive through native coastal rainforest. Another short hike takes you to the Catlins’ tallest waterfall. Listen for birdsong in the bush and learn to identify native plants en route to McLean Falls, arguably the most spectacular of cascades in the region.

    Further south, keep an eye out for Hector’s dolphins, attracted to the nutrient-rich waters in warmer months. After light refreshments, follow your guide through an ancient petrified forest whose fossilized remains are revealed at low tide.

    Finish your private day trip with the return drive to your hotel in Dunedin, or opt for drop-off in Invercargill or the Stewart Island Ferry Terminal.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Your Dunedin accomodation
    Dates: Daily
    Return point: Returns to original departure point
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Gratuities
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • National Park fees
    • Light refreshments
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - McLean Falls
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Cannibal Bay
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed June 10, 2018

    Trii was very helpful and caring. She brought hot water and some snacks for us just in case we get stuck on the road! The scenery at Catlins is unbeatable. Trii told us a lot of information around the area. We enjoyed the tour a...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    1  Thank TegwenN2
    Back2NatureTours, Owner at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

    Hi Tegwen, Great to hear you enjoyed the Catlins, its a pretty special place that often gets overlooked - you're a Back to Nature Legend - Haste Ye Back for some more southern hospitality;)

    Reviewed May 24, 2018

    We sought a guided tour to some of New Zealand's wilder areas following a conference in Dunedin and found just what we hoped in a day-long tour of the Catlins by Back to Nature Tours. Three of us were picked up at our hotel, and...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    1  Thank Sharon D
    Back2NatureTours, Owner at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

    Hi Sharon, Glenn is an avid surfer and knows where the primo spots are - we're glad he made your trip to the Catlins one to remember..Next time your in town just reach out to us for some southern hospitality:) You're a Back to Nature...More

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