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Southland

A true blue, quirky mix of heartland and bogan, add a dash of the gay in Gore and gregarious local penguins on lonely beaches.

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Random Goodness

1 km return | 20 minutes return

At Balclutha Motor Camp we offer friendly southern hospitality.

Hayes Shop

The Worlds Fastest Indian Legend

Hayes Shop

The Worlds Fastest Indian Legend

Whisky Creek Track

Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve

Whisky Creek Track

Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve

Time: 2 hours (loop track) plus a 30-45 minutes side track

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Yellow eyed penguins waddling through the petrified forest

Watch penguins return to their nesting grounds.

Time: 40 min – I hr return depending on walk taken

Stirling point

6.2 km return | 2 hours return

Please leave the site as you found it, especially take rubbish away and no toilet paper in the bushes.

Mating ritual or lovers tiff?

20 minutes return

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Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Lumsden Information Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking

Lumsden Information Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking

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Alex McKenzie Arboretum, Otautau

Overnight Campervan Parking

Alex McKenzie Arboretum, Otautau

Overnight Campervan Parking

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

The "nuggets" at Nugget Point

500 m return | 10 - 20 minutes return

Purakaunui Falls head on

1 km return | 20 minutes return

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Victoria Slater

United Kingdom

Curio and Porpoise Bays: We saw fur seals, hectors dolphins, yellow eyed penguins and a petrified tree forest, all for free. Fantastic given that you usually have to pay to see penguins and dolphins elsewhere. Great motorcamp on the cliff above the bays.

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Spotting porpoises at Curio Bay

See dolphins in their natural habitat from the beach at Curio Bay

Dunsdale Recreation Reserve
Primo

1.5 km return | 40 minutes return

Cannibal bay

Time: 5 hr return

Piano Flat Camping Ground
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AndreaT

Germany

If going by campervan, don't underestimate the distances, eat at The Beach House in Riverton, do the Rob Valley track, have windshield insurance, expect changing weather.

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Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities