The Catlins comprises an area in the southeastern corner of the South Island. The area lies between Balclutha and Invercargill, straddling the boundary between the Otago and Southland regions. It includes the South Island's southernmost point, Slope Point.
A rugged, sparsely populated area, the Catlins features a scenic coastal landscape and dense temperate rainforest, both of which harbour many endangered species of birds, most notably the rare yellow-eyed penguin. The coast attracts numerous marine mammals, among them New Zealand fur seals and Hooker's sea lions. In general terms the area enjoys a maritime temperate climate. Its exposed location leads to its frequently wild weather and heavy ocean swells.
Much of the Catlins Coast features sea cliffs; some are immense. Outcrops of rock may also be found indland. Infortunately, the rock is generally soft sedimentary rock of the Murihiku formation, and it remains to be seen how much worthwhile rockclimbing can be found in this vast region. There is plenty to do, see and explore in the Catlins; climbing is unlikely to entice anyone here, but may become a worthwhile facet of a Catlins trips.
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