With long stretches of golden sand, the forest-fringed Tautuku Bay in The Catlins shouldn't be missed.

If you're driving south from Papatowai, take the pull off bay at Florence Hill Lookout to look out over Tautuku Bay.

There are three short walks in the area, all around 30 minutes in length:

  • Tautuku Bay Nature Walk
    This short nature walk takes you directly onto the golden sand of Tautuku Bay.
  • Lake Wilkie
    Lake Wilkie is a peat lake that is famous for its mirror reflections on a clear still day. 
  • Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk
    The short boardwalk winds through wetlands with wonderful views across to Maori Tapu (sacred spiritual) land. 

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