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The Catlins are a territory rich in natural attractions lying in the southeastern part of the South Island, in New Zealand
. They spread between the cities of Fortrose and Romahapa, eastward from the metropolis Invercargill
. On the territory of the Catlins, we can see stone trees, waterfalls, beautiful beaches with golden sand, high cliffs and hidden caves. It is also a home to rare fauna and flora, such as Hector's dolphins, penguins, seals and sea lions. As far as flora is concerned, we can find here Rimu, Matai, Totara and Miro trees. The most interesting places of the Catlins include Curio Bay - fossilized fragments of 160 million years old forest from the Jurassic period, and the Cathedral Caves - accessible only at low tide. The largest mouth of the caves is 30 m high. Other interesting places that the Catlins offer are the observation points: Nugget Point, with a lighthouse built in 1869, and Waipapa Point, the scene of the biggest ship disaster of New Zealand
, where in 1881 a ship called Tararua bumped on a hidden reef. The territory of the Catlins also offers several waterfalls, such as the Purakaunui Falls, where the water rushes down in broad cascades from the height of 20 m, the McLean Falls, 22 m high waterfall on the river Tautuku, and Matai Falls. In the southeastern part of the South Island, we can visit the Catlins Forest Park with plenty of marked tourist trails.
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Last update: Nov 10, 2012 2:57:35 PM