Catlins Road Closure, Chaslands – Niagara portion of the Southern Scenic Route
The recent closure of the Chaslands – Niagara Highway portion of the Southern Scenic Route, due to a slip, will not impact traffic visiting the key central Catlins attractions.
The main attractions south of Papatowai, including the stunning Florence Hill lookout, Tautuku Beach, Estuary Boardwalk, Lake Wilkie, Traill’s Tractor historic logging site and McLean Falls are all open and accessible during the road closure. These star attractions begin within a one minute drive south of Papatowai and can all be viewed within the 15 km scenic byway, along the route. Then back to Papatowai, and you will be on the Tahakopa Valley Road to Wyndham and Invercargill, via Edendale or Curio Bay.
For further information check at one of the i-sites in the Catlins area.
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 http://south-eastmarine.co.nz
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
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.
10 Jan: Beach Market Day at Kaka Point
Beach Market Day at Kaka Point
Saturday 10th January 2013 9.30 am - 2.00 pm
Stalls include - fresh produce gourmet pies pottery artworks plants.
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 8783.
Starting 20 Jan: Clutha Country Summer Series – Tri Athlon
Holiday Triathlon Series, Contact Tiny Carruthers 027 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 566 or Steven Hayes 2468 446
6-7 Feb: Bluegrass Music Festival - Niagara Falls Café
For enquiries please contact:
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
23 Feb: Catlins Wisp Hill Climb Trail Ride
Trail Ride Owaka/Clinton Rd.
21 Feb - 1 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 566 or Cala Paenga - 03 2468 434
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.
Mar: The Catlins Canter - Owaka
An annual two day horse trek hosted by the Owaka Lions Club.
Warren Burgess, Owaka Lions Club, 03 415 8019
20 Mar: Johnstone Electrical Bridge to Beach event
An annual event with range of race options from Balclutha to Kaka Point. http://www.bridgetobeach.co.nz/
Lisa Lyall, lisa.lyall@firstname.lastname@example.org, 0275 42 77 42
28 Mar: Tokanui Big Rock Cougars - Progress Valley
A motorbike trail ride for keen motorbike enthusiasts. Entry Form and Details.
June: Southland Districts Arts Trust Poetry Day - Tokanui Tavern 2pm
Recitals of poetry including original material.
Contact Steven Hayes, Ph 03 2468 446
July: Edible Art and Multi Challenge Tokanui Tavern 2pm
Contact Janice Broad, Ph 03 2469 566
Aug: The Catlins Coast Rally - An exciting car rally tackling many country roads.
Nov: Catlins Coastal Challenges.
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 566
28 Dec: Curio Bay Big Dig
Community fundraising event. From 11.00 am.
Val Whyte, Ph 03 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 725
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 566, Marylyn Hayes - 03 2468 446
Catlins Coast Newsletter January 2014
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