Catlins Coaster

Here is one of the best ways to see the bottom of New Zealand  ….  on the deep south Catlins Coaster!

We have been guiding intrepid travelers around the bottom of New Zealand for close on 20 years,  know where all the wildlife hangout and have some great local legends to help bring alive this special part of New Zealand.

Bathe in the heritage of Dunedin, explore the Catlins wildlife and wonders, hop across to Stewart Island Rakiura National Park to check out the kiwis, and in Fiordland National Park take in the breathtaking scenery with a cruise on the majestic Milford Sound.

Same day connections from Queenstown and Invercargill.

Keen to catch a ferry across to Stewart Island? You bet! Curio Bay caught your eye and you want to explore it? Sweet as! Want to stop in Dunedin for a week? Go for it! As we are regularly completing the loop it is easy for us to pick you up next time we are heading through.

Catlins Coast Itinerary

There are lots of ways you can jump on and off but a typical journey might start and finish in Dunedin. Here is how it works;

Steepest Street in the World

Baldwin Street – Steepest Street in the World

Dunedin to Invercargill

Quick trip darting across the bottom bit of Otago and Southland to get to Invercargill.

Invercargill, the Catlins Dunedin

Now we are off in the direction of Antarctica!

First scenic stop for the day is Curio Bay. Pretty much at the bottom of New Zealand and a true gem of a place. New Zealand’s native Hectors Dolphin, Yellow Eyed Penguins and a 180 million year old fossilised forest all call Curio Bay home.

We then head towards the Catlins Coastal Rain Forest, taking in some wicked beach views, bush walks and waterfalls including Surat Bay or Cannibal Bay, both home to NZ Sea Lions.

Hooker Sea Lions

Hooker Sea Lions

Nugget Point, home of seabirds, fur seals and stunning coastal vistas.

Final stop is Dunedin for the evening at completion of this huge day.


Regular departures in summer on demand for 4 or more in winter.

Trips and Prices:

Some of our more popular options are listed below.

For a full list of all our Catlins Coaster products click here.

Feel free to Contact Us if there is something specific you are looking for and we can discuss options with you.


Start and finish in Dunedin.One day trip or option to extend your trip with a visit to Stewart Island or Milford Sound . NZ$275

To book a Catlins One Dayer from Dunedin Click Here!


A one day trip from Invercargill to Dunedin through the spectacular Catlins area with plenty of stops to view the wildlife and explore the landscape.
Departs Invercargill at 10:30am and arrives in Dunedin at approximately 7:45pm. NZ$249
To book a Catlins Spectacular from Invercargill to Dunedin Click Here!