The Catlins Great Escape Coastal Walk

Catlins Coastal Walk 2016 - Sunday February 14th  Weirs Beach - Curio Bay - Porpoise Bay - Waikawa

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The Catlins has a variety of features which make it unique to the eastern coast of the South Island. It is rugged, remote and endowed with large tracts of native rainforest. It has abundant wildlife, is sparsely populated and is very scenic and unspoilt.
Join us on this unique walk, the 6th in the series of coastal walks.
This walk is approx 14 kms or 3-4 hours.
Your walk will start at Weirs Beach. From here you will make your way along the stunning coast looking down rugged headlands to Haldane Bay with magnificent views of Slope Point, New Zealand’s most southern land mark.
Crossing over private farm land inaccessible to the public, we will make our way north to the famous Curio Bay and the Petrified Forrest - an ancient geological phenomenon of international significance. Fossilised trees similar to Kauri and Matai lie embedded on coastal bedrock, remnants of a 180 million year old Jurassic era forest.  This walk sports incredible northern coastal views along a stunning stretch of the Southland coastline.
From Curio Bay we will walk along Porpoise Bay back to Waikawa Hall.
This coastal area has significant natural values as well as being a prime penguin nesting habitat. It also supports NZ fur seals, NZ sealions, numerous seabird species, rare coastal plant communities, small remnants of native forest, and archaeological sites.
Concluding at Waikawa we will enjoy a BBQ meal and refreshments.

Event Details:

Meet 9.45 am Waikawa Hall - South Catlins.
This Course requires a fair level of fitness.
No reserve day.
Confirmation will be emailed to every competitor upon receipt of entry.
Registration:  All participants must register. 
Clothing: Carry suitable clothing for conditions on the day. The Catlins weather can change dramatically.  Please be prepared for all weather conditions. Strong tramping boots highly recommended.
Drink: Fluid will be available for walkers on the course, however please ensure you carry enough fluid for your walk.
Food: We recommend that you carry and consume enough to get you through the event. No food will be supplied throughout the event. Please ensure you bring Lunch. Please ensure you carry a first aid kit.
No refunds if the event is cancelled. The organisers reserve the right to change any or all times in the interest of safety, because of adverse weather conditions, or unforeseen circumstances. Registrations WILL be taken on the day but for numbers purposes it is appreciated that you register with payment by the 10th Feb.
BBQ will be by Koha /  Donation

Cost: $55.00 Per Person, Children at parents discretion $30.00
Payment: No eftpos on day of event. Please supply correct cash.
Please pay by internet banking:
Catlins Coast Inc. with your Name and WALK as reference
or send cheques to
Catlins Coast Inc.
S M & A M Clarke
7 Stuart Street Owaka Clutha

Other walks in this series have been: 2010 Nugget Point to Newhaven. 2011 Purakaunui Bay to Hina Hina. 2012 Fortrose to Waipapa Point. 2013 Purakaunui Bay to Papatowai.

For more information please contact Rachel Taylor, Catlins Coast Inc,  Ph 03 418 088303 418 0883, 021108614040, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

View the photo gallery to see images of previous walking events in different parts of the Catlins.


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