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Nomad’s Guide to South Island, New Zealand

Explore the Catlins

The Catlins is a coastal stretch on the South eastern end of the island and this region has absolutely everything you would look for in a travel destination; wild seascapes, less people (I can’t emphasise the importance of that enough), superb roads, spectacular sceneries, remote and luxurious hotels, adventure activities and most of all- some extremely beautiful and rare wildlife! You can find some of the rarest species here, with the Hectors dolphins being a permanent resident in some of the coves to the yellow eyed penguins, who return every year to the same spot to mate and breed. If you visit around January/February, there’s a high possibility that you would get to see them feed their chicks.

Another one of my favourite activities, I recommend – Go surfing in the turquoise waters! Hectors dolphins are known to be playful and they may just surprise you and swim alongside.

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15 comments

  1. A place I have yet to make it to. I so look forward to going to one day though, especially for views like that! (:

  2. I’m a New Zealander and I don’t think there is a more magical place on earth!

  3. never really had a huge desire to travel there, but seems pretty awesome! 🙂

  4. mm

    Manan you have really stoked my fire again – that might sound rashly inappropriate but you know what I mean 😛
    lovely pictures too…

  5. I was so close (when in Australia)… but never made it here. Maybe one day. Thanks for linking up to #SundayTraveler again.

  6. This country is just very beautiful ! Its the best place I have been to until now in my life
    It is just heaven on earth! 🙂 🙂

  7. New Zealand is just so amazing. I feel like I would need a whole year to explore the country properly.

    • NZ certainly is magnificent Adelina! I met many people in New Zealand who were living there for over a year on a working holiday visa, working for 3-4 days of the week and travelling for the rest. Seemed like the best way to see New Zealand for a prolonged time and on an economical budget.

  8. New Zealand is always been my fascination….I will definitely visit there to the land of wonders..

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