16-20 January 2021
We shall spend four nights at Otago Youth Adventure Trust’s own Tautuku Outdoor Education Centre situated in the heart of the Catlins area. Tautuku is a superb complex, regarded as the “flagship” of OYAT’s three excellent Outdoor Education Centres in Otago.
Tucked away in the south-east corner of the South Island, the Catlins area, with its spectacular coastline, beaches, waterfalls, virgin bush, rivers and excellent walking tracks, has appeal for everyone. Our main activity will be moderate day tramps, and the other facilities available at the complex. Each day we will explore a different area, or participate in a different activity, and return each night to our comfortable Lodge. Choices will be available, and knowledgable helpers there to assist. If that all sounds too strenuous, just come along and have a relaxing time.
The Catlins, stretching from Nugget Point to Waipawa Point and featuring the most significant area of native forest on the east coast of New Zealand is one of NZ’s best kept secrets.
To discover it for yourself you need time to do it justice, as those who drive through with their car windows closed will never gain the full impact of region. Those who tarry a while (and stay at our camp), will never forget what they experience.
Tahakopa and Tautuku Bays are superb examples of coastal beaches and podocarp forests, acessed by walking tracks. Around the rocky bush fringed coastline, one can see fur seals, penguins and dolphins.
We will leave Dunedin by bus (from the Leviathan Hotel) at 11am on the first day returning about 4pm on the last day. Airport pick ups and drop off can be arranged, BUT you MUST arrive in time and book flights after 6pm on return. People who wish to take their own cars to Tautuku are welcome to do this provided you arrive around 5pm. Costs are detailed on the booking page. Take the opportunity to combine this trip with some of our other trips.