Waikawa & Curio Bay

Waikawa and Curio Bay offer many scenic, wildlife and recreational opportunities. For something truly out of the ordinary, head to Curio Bay’s world-renowned petrified forest. The ancient fossil forest has imprints of fallen trees and ferns from 180 million years ago, and can be accessed at low tide. You may also see yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) here. During summer, you may see the rare Hector’s dolphin (upokohue) swimming in Porpoise Bay. Visit Slope Point,  the most southerly point of the South Island.

Travel Tip

Please be aware that mobile phone coverage is patchy in some parts of Clutha, particularly in remote areas in The Catlins.