The Catlins is situated on the lower south east coast of the South Island. You can either access The Catlins from Christchurch International Airport, Queenstown International Airport, Dunedin International Airport or Invercargill Airport.
Dunedin and Invercargill Airports are the main gateway airports for The Catlins. Both airports host regular scheduled services connecting Dunedin and Invercargill with most other New Zealand airports.
Many choose to fly to one of these places and then self-drive through some very scenic areas of the South Island before reaching The Catlins.
For driving directions use Google Maps for more information.
Drive Times - Airport to The Catlins:
Dunedin Airport to Kaka Point - 1 hour
Invercargill Airport to Fortrose - 40 mins
The recommended way to explore The Catlins is to self-drive. There is no public bus or rail transport. Some activity operators may offer pick up and drop off facilities. For more information on this contact one of the Information Centres.
For approximate driving times and distances have a look at The Catlins map.