The caves can only be accessed at low tide. Please check the tide charts but also ask at Information Centres for the latest information on whether the Caves are open.
Showtime in the Catlins 2014
Dates, times and venues have been finalised for the Creative NZ show series taking place in 2014.
Order your season ticket now.
Click here for more details.
Tokanui Big Rock Cougars Progress Valley Trail Ride - Saturday 5 April 2014
Two exciting loops suitable for juniors, ATVs, intermediate riders, with expert loops leading off the main trails. Entry form.
Enquiries to Philip Golden 03 2469 546 or Basil McLean 03 2468 781
Catlins Heritage Trail - 5 Jan 2014
Commentaries from Catlins Historical Society Members. Adults $10. $20 per car. Meet at Owaka Museum at 1.30 pm. Afternoon tea included. For more details contact Carolyn Deverson 03 4158 880 or John Burgess 03 4158 293.
Catlins River-Wisp Loop Track
Nov: Pawakataka Trail (to be held every second year.This event will take place in 2014.)
MTB, Crosscountry Run or Crosscountry Walk Event organized by the Mokoreta Community.
Start time 1 pm.
Phone Simon McRae 03 2064 053
1 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.
Phone Anne-Marie on 0276010974
7 Dec Southland District Arts Trust Drama Production.
For more details phone Janice Broad - 03 2469 566
27 Dec: Outdoor Bowls Day - Tokanui
Contact Yvonne Leith, 03 2468 856
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 Years Eve Family Beach Party
"Raging Bull" playing 8pm to 12.15am
Bonfire being lit at 9.45pm
Donation for the event would be appreciated
BBQ, DRINKS, ICE CREAM VAN, FACE PAINTING
31 Dec: Papatowai Beach Carnival
An annual Beach Carnival with fun for all the family.
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
4 Jan: Curio Bay Big Dig
Community fundraising event. From 11.00 am.
Val Whyte, Ph 03 2468 897
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.
12 Jan: Beach Market Day at Kaka Point
Beach Market Day at Kaka Point
Saturday 12th 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
28 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.
Enquiries Janice Broad - 03 2469 566 or Steven Hayes 2468 446
30th Jan: Kaka Point District Picnic
Wilsher Bay Domain – Midday
Donation at gate
3 legged races, egg & spoon races, running races and many more
Judging of Spud Competition for KPSLSC
BBQ, FACE PAINTING, DRINKS, CHOCOLATE WHEEL
1-2 Feb: Bluegrass Music Festival - Niagara Falls Café
For enquiries please contact:
Click here to view photos of this event.
15 Feb: The Catlins Great Escape Coastal Walk
Coastal Walk from Otara to Weirs Beach. Brochure.
23 Feb: Catlins Wisp Hill Climb Trail Ride
Trail Ride Owaka/Clinton Rd.
From 23 Feb: 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
8 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.
15-17 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
5 April: Tokanui Big Rock Cougars - Progress Valley
A motorbike trail ride for keen motorbike enthusiasts. Entry Form and Details.
12-13 April: The Catlins Great Escape
A community owned event taking riders on a bike journey along the Catlins Coast. This will be a journey of discovery. Pedal your own way along forested roads, hear the song of the native birds, breathe the fresh and invigorating air. Explore the rugged landscape of the magnificent Catlins and be reminded of how life used to be.
Contact: Kim Dodds, Tourism Catlins
16 June: Southland Districts Arts Trust Poetry Day - Tokanui Tavern 2pm
Recitals of poetry including original material.
Contact Steven Hayes, Ph 03 2468 446
14 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.
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