Pounawea is a quiet, seaside settlement 5 minutes drive from Owaka. It is a restful holiday destination and it sits between the estuaries of the Catlins and Owaka Rivers. It is a great place for fishing, kayaking, picnicking, bird watching (forest and sea birds), and for bush and estuary walks. The Pounawea Reserve behind the township contains many significant trees, and a walking track through the forest leads to an interesting salt marsh negotiable at low tide. There is also an easy estuary walk known as “The Elbow Track.” Pounawea offers visitors 2 motor camps and the Pounawea Convention Centre which caters for not only school and church groups, but also for private holidaymakers and those who require motel accommodation. The Pounawea Projects Group hosts a New Year’s Eve carnival and impressive fireworks display each year.
Pounawea – “The Meeting of the Waters.”