Owaka - Map reference 18

Owaka was established by pioneers in the late 1800s.

The town was originally called Catlins River, then Quakerfield. This is a jumping off point for such places as the Purakaunui Falls; Pounawea, (for the bird watching enthusiast), the fur seal colony and lighthouse at Nugget Point, Jack’s Blowhole, where a large sea cave has collapsed to leave a deep ocean-filled hole in the middle of a field; and the sea lions of Cannibal Bay. Owaka has a doctor, pharmacy, grocer, internet café, craft shops. The Catlins Historical Museum in Burns Street is a great place to visit if you have time.

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The Catlins New Zealand

There is so much to see and do in this amazing area of New Zealand's South Island. Whether you are a hiking enthusiastic or a weekend stroller, the many attractions offer an incredible diversity of flora, fauna and scenery.

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Ph 03 415 8338

Rewcastle Rd,
The Catlins,
New Zealand

On the Southern Scenic Route