Cathedral Caves

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Catlins Community Tourism Strategy

The new strategy is an updated revised version of the original 2004 Catlins Tourism Strategy, developed in partnership by creating a ‘working team’ with Venture Southland, Catlins Coast Inc. and the Tourism Catlins charitable Trust with input from Catlins Community Promotions Groups.  Strategy document


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Events Calendar

January 2017

2 Jan: Curio Bay Big Dig

Community fundraising event. From 11.00 am.
Val Whyte, Ph 03 2468 897

5 Jan: Catlins Heritage Tour

Commentaries from Catlins Historical Society members.
Beginning at 1.30pm and lasting 2 – 3 hours.
$20 per car, $10 per person. Afternoon tea at museum included in price.
Contact John Burgess 4158 293 or Carolyn Deverson Abernethy 4158 880.

9 Jan: Beach Market Day at Kaka Point

Beach Market Day at Kaka Point
Saturday 10th January 2013 9.30 am - 2.00 pm
50 + Stalls.
Held in the Community Hall and surrounding areas outside the hall and The Point Cafe & Bar.
Areas set aside for car boot sales.
Contact Pauline Simpson 03 412 8783.

Starting 20 Jan: Clutha Country Summer Series – Tri Athlon

Holiday Triathlon Series, Contact Tiny Carruthers 027 4367 174

30 Jan: Robbie Burns Scottish Night Hoe Down - Niagara Hall

Look out the tartan and come and celebrate Robbie Burns birthday at Niagara Hall. 8 pm. $5 entry.
Enquiries Janice Broad - 03 2469 566 or Steven Hayes 2468 446

February 2017

4-5 Feb: Bluegrass Music Festival - Niagara Falls Café

The Progress Valley Possum Pickers
For enquiries please contact:
Music - Steven Hayes on (03) 2468 446 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Camping - Steven Hayes on (03) 2468 446 or Alton McDonald (03) 217 5608 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Stalls, entertainment and restaurant bookings please call Niagara Falls Cafe (03) 2468 577 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Click here  to view photos of this event.

Feb: The Catlins Great Escape Coastal Walk

Waikawa to Weirs Beach - more details to follow
Contact Projects Coordinator, Rachel Taylor, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 02 108614040

23 Feb: Catlins Wisp Hill Climb Trail Ride

Trail Ride Owaka/Clinton Rd.
Contact Lyndon Clark, 03 415 8834, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

25 Feb - 5 Mar: Edge of the World Mixed Media Art Exhibition - Waikawa Hall

Local and outside artists exhibit a vibrant range of works. Small door charge. 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily.
For more details contact: Janice Broad - 03 2469 566 or Cala Paenga - 03 2468 434

March 2017

4 Mar - Papatowai Challenge

The Papatowai Challenge is a pre-season fun run and walk from a holiday home in the Catlins. It is
signposted at the south end of Tahakopa River Bridge Papatowai. Runners must be 13 years & over.
Papatowai is located approximately two hours from Dunedin and twenty-five minutes south of Owaka.
The Southern Scenic Route is now fully sealed. The Papatowai Challenge is run over the measured distance of 15.5 km and is over a varied scenic
course of well formed bush tracks, beach running and local roads.
For more information contact Wayne Allen 03 454 4863, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Mar: The Catlins Canter - Owaka

An annual two day horse trek hosted by the Owaka Lions Club.
Warren Burgess, Owaka Lions Club, 03 415 8019

20 Mar: Johnstone Electrical Bridge to Beach event

An annual event with range of race options from Balclutha to Kaka Point.
Lisa Lyall,, 0275 42 77 42

April 2017

Apr: Tokanui Big Rock Cougars - Progress Valley

A motorbike trail ride for keen motorbike enthusiasts.
Contact Sarah McLean, Ph 03 2468 781, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

June 2017

June: Southland Districts Arts Trust Poetry Day - Tokanui Tavern 2pm

Recitals of poetry including original material.
Contact Steven Hayes, Ph 03 2468 446

July 2017

July: Edible Art and Multi Challenge Tokanui Tavern 2pm

Contact Janice Broad, Ph 03 2469 566

August 2017

Aug: The Catlins Coast Rally - An exciting car rally tackling many country roads.

Roger Laird, Ph/Fax 03 208 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

November 2017

Nov: Catlins Coastal Challenges.

Contact Rachel Taylor 021 086 14040,  (03) 341 80883, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or go to

Dec 2017

31st Dec: Kaka Point New Year’s Eve

Annual bonfire on the beach.

31 Dec: New Year’s Eve Hoe Down

Locals and visitors get together to see in the New Year at Niagara Hall.
Janice Broad - 03 2469 566, Marylyn Hayes - 03 2468 446

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Catlins Coast Newsletter September - October 2015

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