Southland: Wildlife & Nature

Published: 09/03/2012 by Visit-Southland

Wildlife & Nature in Southland

Walk amongst natural history and see wildlife in their natural habitat.
Suggested Time:
3 days



 Day One    Dunedin - Catlins

  • Travel south via the Southern Scenic Route to the Catlins area. Stop at Nugget Point and spot New Zealand sea lions and seals in their natural environment.
  • Take a walk through some of the native forest and enjoy the birdsong, or out to the estuary flats to listen for fern birds.

Day Two    Catlins – Stewart Island

  • Get up at dawn at Curio Bay to view the Yellow Eyed penguins making their way from their nests out to sea. If you are lucky, you may also see Hector’s dolphins in the nearby Porpoise Bay.
  • If you have not yet seen sea lions, stop at Waipapa Point and spot them lazing on the beach.
  • Fly or ferry to Stewart Island for the chance to see more wildlife.
Day Three    Stewart Island - Invercargill
  • Visit Ulva Island, an open sanctuary where rare and endangered native birds and plants are now thriving.
  • Head out on to the ocean to view a range of pelagic birds, including Mollymawks and Muttonbirds.
  • Spend the night on the island for some more nature and wildlife viewing the following day, or if time is tight, travel back to Invercargill.

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Southland: Wildlife & Nature