Newsletter September - October 2015

Read the latest news in the Catlins Newsletter.

Toe Toes District Directory

The Community directory for the Toe Toes district in the South Catlins area has recently been updated. For contact details on all clubs, organisations and community services click here.

South East Protection Forum

This forum has been established by the government to seek public opinion on the long term vision for New Zealand’s coast. Over the next 18 months meetings will be held to consider the marine environment from Timaru to Waiapapa Point.  Poster.
For more information including about meetings go to

Cathedral Caves

The caves can only be accessed at low tide. Please always check one of the following tide charts or ask at Information Centres for the latest information on whether the Caves are open. 
February - May 2015
June - September 2015
October 2015 - January 2016

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Events Calendar

January 2016

5 Jan: Catlins Heritage Tour

Commentaries from Catlins Historical Society members.
Beginning at 1.30pm and lasting 2 – 3 hours.
$20 per car, $10 per person. Afternoon tea at museum included in price.
Contact John Burgess 4158 293 or Carolyn Deverson Abernethy 4158 880.

9 Jan: Beach Market Day at Kaka Point

Beach Market Day at Kaka Point
Saturday 10th January 2013 9.30 am - 2.00 pm
50 + Stalls.
Held in the Community Hall and surrounding areas outside the hall and The Point Cafe & Bar.
Areas set aside for car boot sales.
Contact Pauline Simpson 03 412 878303 412 8783.

Starting 20 Jan: Clutha Country Summer Series – Tri Athlon

Holiday Triathlon Series, Contact Tiny Carruthers 027 4367 174027 4367 174

31 Jan: Robbie Burns Scottish Night Hoe Down - Niagara Hall

Look out the tartan and come and celebrate Robbie Burns birthday at Niagara Hall. 8 pm. $5 entry.
Enquiries Janice Broad - 03 2469 56603 2469 566 or Steven Hayes 2468 446

February 2016

6-7 Feb: Bluegrass Music Festival - Niagara Falls Café

The Progress Valley Possum Pickers
For enquiries please contact:
Music - Steven Hayes on (03) 2468 446(03) 2468 446 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Camping - Steven Hayes on (03) 2468 446(03) 2468 446 or Alton McDonald (03) 217 5608(03) 217 5608 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Stalls, entertainment and restaurant bookings please call Niagara Falls Cafe (03) 2468 577(03) 2468 577 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Click here  to view photos of this event.

22 Feb: The Catlins Great Escape Coastal Walk

Papatowai-Tautuku Point-Lathyrus Bay. Community fundraiser for Catlins Search and Rescue.
Registrations will also accepted on the day 8.15 am Papatowai Fire Station
$50 per person. Please contact Projects Coordinator,Rachel Taylor, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 02108614040

23 Feb: Catlins Wisp Hill Climb Trail Ride

Trail Ride Owaka/Clinton Rd.
Contact Lyndon Clark, 03 415 883403 415 8834, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

27 Feb - 6 Mar: Edge of the World Mixed Media Art Exhibition - Waikawa Hall

Local and outside artists exhibit a vibrant range of works. Small door charge. 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily.
For more details contact: Janice Broad - 03 2469 56603 2469 566 or Cala Paenga - 03 2468 43403 2468 434

March 2016

Mar - Papatowai Challenge

The Papatowai Challenge is a pre-season fun run and walk from a holiday home in the Catlins. It is
signposted at the south end of Tahakopa River Bridge Papatowai. Runners must be 13 years & over.
Papatowai is located approximately two hours from Dunedin and twenty-five minutes south of Owaka.
The Southern Scenic Route is now fully sealed.

The Papatowai Challenge is run over the measured distance of 15.5 km and is over a varied scenic
course of well formed bush tracks, beach running and local roads.

For more information contact Wayne Allen 03 454 486303 454 4863, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Mar: The Catlins Canter - Owaka

An annual two day horse trek hosted by the Owaka Lions Club.
Warren Burgess, Owaka Lions Club, 03 415 801903 415 8019

20 Mar: Johnstone Electrical Bridge to Beach event

An annual event with range of race options from Balclutha to Kaka Point.
Lisa Lyall,, 0275 42 77 420275 42 77 42

28 Mar: Tokanui Big Rock Cougars - Progress Valley

A motorbike trail ride for keen motorbike enthusiasts. Entry Form and Details.
Contact Sarah McLean, Ph 03 2468 78103 2468 781, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

June 2016

June: Southland Districts Arts Trust Poetry Day - Tokanui Tavern 2pm

Recitals of poetry including original material.
Contact Steven Hayes, Ph 03 2468 44603 2468 446

July 2015

July: Edible Art and Multi Challenge Tokanui Tavern 2pm

Contact Janice Broad, Ph 03 2469 56603 2469 566

August 2015

Aug: The Catlins Coast Rally - An exciting car rally tackling many country roads.

Roger Laird, Ph/Fax 03 208 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

November 2015

15 Nov: Catlins Coastal Challenges.

Contact Rachel Taylor 021 086 14040021 086 14040(03) 341 80883(03) 341 80883, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or go to

Dec 2015

6 Dec: Tri Pounawea Duathlon - Jacobs Hill Run/Walk

The Tri Pounawea Duathlon was a new event for the Catlins in 2009 organised by a group of local ladies. This is a fundraising event and all proceeds will be directed back into the community.

Tri Pounawea photo gallery

Phone Anne-Marie on 0276010974

5 -6 Dec Southland District Arts Trust Drama Production.

For more details phone Janice Broad - 03 2469 56603 2469 566

28 Dec: Curio Bay Big Dig

Community fundraising event. From 11.00 am.
Val Whyte, Ph 03 2468 89703 2468 897

28 Dec: Wood Chopping-Bushcraft Day

See the best woodchoppers in action. Tokanui Tavern.
11.00 am start. BBQ to follow.
Ph 03 2468 72503 2468 725
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

31st Dec: Kaka Point New Year’s Eve

Annual bonfire on the beach.

31 Dec: New Year’s Eve Hoe Down

Locals and visitors get together to see in the New Year at Niagara Hall.
Janice Broad - 03 2469 56603 2469 566, Marylyn Hayes - 03 2468 44603 2468 446

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Catlins Coast Newsletter September - October 2015

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