An excellent base for your visit!

Ōwaka means "Place of the Canoe".

Ōwaka is the main centre of the North Catlins area. The population is almost 400 and the town provides services to the largely farming community and visitors including the Catlins Area School, Playcentre, Medical Centre and volunteer first response units (fire, ambulance and Search and Rescue).

Attractions and Services

  • Where to Stay to suit all needs.
  • The Catlins Information Centre and Owaka Museum
  • Food and Services including garage, supermarket, cafes.
  • Outdoor activities including golf club.
  • Park with children’s playground.
  • The Catlins Medical Centre and pharmacy.
  • Campervan waste dumping station.
  • Department of Conservation office.
  • Nearby settlements of Newhaven, Surat Bay and Pounawea also offer accommodation and attractions.

Location: 24 minutes drive from Balclutha, 1 hour 46 minutes drive from Invercargill