Tag: Catlins

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Travel photo: Curio Bay, New Zealand

This little piece of heaven is Curio Bay. Curio Bay is located in the Catlins, a region in the very south of New Zealand’s South Island. As an area of extraordinary wildlife and stunning natural beauty, one would think it swarms with tourists. But not so. Admittedly, it is quite literally off the beaten track; despite its vicinity to the… Read more →


Great kiwi driving routes: the Southern Scenic Route

New Zealand, I have found, has named its highways very appropriately. There’s the Surf Highway with great surf beaches, or the Forgotten World Highway, that looks like Jurassic Park (with a forgotten republic thrown in there, just for kicks). This article is about the Southern Scenic Route, and let me tell you, the route really lives up to its name. Read more →


New Zealand’s best coastal views (with video)

Granted, New Zealand has amazing coastal vistas all over its North and South Islands. There’s certainly something for everyone, from rugged stoney stretches of coastline in the south to surf beaches or wide and long sandy swimming beaches in the north. Here’s a taster for the New Zealand novice, my favourite coastal views around New Zealand.   Banks Peninsula  … Read more →


Things to do in the Catlins

The Catlins are a sparsely populated area in the south of New Zealand’s South Island. The Catlins comprise rugged coasts with wide deserted beaches, endless green hills, wild weather and lots of marine wildlife such as sea lions, penguins and dolphins. These landscapes alone are reason enough to venture to that rather remote area of the country, but there are… Read more →

Southern Comfort hostel, Invercargill

Hostel review: Southern Comfort Backpackers, Invercargill

Nomen est omen for this lovely, almost boutique hostel. It is one of my favourite hostels in New Zealand. The beautiful property is a rather small hostel, located in a residential neighbourhood close to Queens Park but not far away from the center. The Victorian villa is surrounded by a well-kept garden and features a veranda with nice furniture. Read more →

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