Curio Bay has a 200 million year old petrified forest. It is still possible to distinguish the rings of some trees and even the stumps in the ground of this wild beach. This beach also has extensive birdlife.
The Cathedrals, this is what they call a couple of caves made by the sea and which are connected by a small passageway. If you want to visit, consult what time the tides are low (only be visited at low tide). Located very close to the Mclean waterfalls, to reach these caves you have to walk about 10 minutes through the forest and 5 minutes along the beach. Admission costs five dollars,
Surat Bay is located on the Catlins coast, in the south of the South Island of New Zealand, and it is a pretty wild place with a beach that stretches for miles and that has a colony of sea lions which are quite peaceful, because they let you come near enough to take photos and it does not bother them, they just throw sand on their skin to protect it from the strong sun.
South of the Catlins National Park, you can find the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand (there is a small island belonging to the country further south). Its possible to reach by road, but without tarmac it's more difficult. After leaving the car in the car park, walking from this point takes around 15 minutes. Definitely worth a detour from the main route to get here.
Inside the park of the Catlins, and after a 30 minute walk from the parking attendant, we found a pair of the most photogenic waterfalls. No luck with the weather, so I couldn't enjoy it as it deserves .. I certainly would spend hours listening to the sound of cascading water.
When we got the brochure with the points of interest in the area near Curio Bay, we saw one that had been marked with a smiley face. We assumed this would be the most interesting point in the area ... When we visited, it put a smile on our face ... we'd been fooled, there was just a small waterfall there. It's worth going with someone who doesn't know what they are looking for.