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FAQs

we have the answers to your questions

Where is the nearest petrol station?

At Owaka, Papatowai, Tokanui or Fortrose. For more information on when the petrol stations are open and what type of payment is required view this map.

What is there to do and see in The Catlins, how long will it take and what are the scenic highlights?

There is plenty to do and see in The Catlins such as walks, cycling, surfing and fishing. See information on things to do and see  and the scenic highlights. To help you plan your trip look at the Maps and Brochures.

When are the Cathedral Caves open?

The Cathedral Caves are subject to closure at various times. Visit the Cathedral Caves website for more information on when the Caves are open and tide chart  or enquire at Information Centres for the latest information

When and where can I see wildlife?

For information on when and where you can see wildlife e.g. penguins, sea lions, dolphins and various bird life visit the Where to see page.

How do I behave around wildlife?

Give wildlife space so they do not feel threatened.  For more information on how you should behave around wildlife have a look at the Care Code

Where can I find a cafe, restaurant or a place to buy food?

There are some food outlets in The Catlins such as a caf├ęs, restaurants and places to buy food, but it varies from place to place i.e. Kaka Point, Owaka, Papatowai, Curio Bay, near McLean Falls, Niagara, Tokanui and Fortrose.  For more information on what specific food outlets are available at each township have a look at the map

Where is the nearest bank or cash machine?

Banks can be found in Balclutha and Invercargill.  Cash machines (which may require pin numbers), are located at Tokanui Tavern, the Owaka Four Square and Tokanui Shop (has limited cash vending).  For more information on the cash machine requirements have a look at the map

Where is the nearest cell phone coverage and wi-fi access?

Cell phone coverage is limited but is in the main townships of Papatowai, Owaka and Tokanui and some parts of Kaka Point.  However, cell phone coverage varies depending if you have Spark or Vodaphone as some has better access than others in some locations. 

Wi-fi access is limited but can be found in the townships of Kaka Point, Pounawea, Owaka,  Fortrose (cafe) and Tokanui pub (payment may be required for Wi-fi).  For more information on cell phone coverage and wi-fi access have a look at the map

What are the weather conditions like?

The weather varies each day, so it is important to be prepared in what you wear and take with you.  For more information on the weather conditions visit the climate page

In the event of an emergency who should I contact?

For Police, Fire, accident or sudden illness emergency, phone 111. To phone police from a cell phone 555.  A police Station is located in Owaka.

Who do I contact for a conservation or wildlife emergency?

For a conservation or wildlife emergency phone 0800 362 468.

Tips for Travelling

-  For the enjoyment and safety of others please limit vehicle use on beaches.
-  Sheep and cattle on the roads - drive slowly and stay in your vehicle.
- Keep left, respect others and pass stationary school buses at 20km/h.
- Reduce speed when driving on unsealed roads.
- Where able, plan ahead as there is limited wi-fi and cell phone coverage in much of The Catlins.

Read the Catlins Care Code.

Public phones are located in Owaka, Papatowai and Tokanui.

In the event of an emergency e.g. police, fire, accident or sudden illness, phone 111 or to phone police from a cell phone - 555.

In the event of a conservation or wildlife emergency phone 0800 362 468.