Catlins is located
on the South island of New Zealand. It is situated between
Balclutha and Invercargill. Catlins is also often called The
Catlins Coast. Catlins has a small population of around 1,200.
Catlins has a beautiful coastal landscape and has dense
temperate forests. These forests are the home of a variety of
endangered bird species. Catlins has an area of around 1900 km
square. The highest point in Catlins is Mount Pye with 720m.
Catlins has also a lot of little lakes found a little bit
everywhere as the Lake Wilkie, Catlins Lake. Catlins climate is
cool and temperate. The very first inhabitants of Catlins were
the Maoris of the Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Kai Tahu iwi. Iwi is
considered as a nation. Catlins was also one of the last places
where the Moa, the big flightless bird, could be found. The
first Europeans first came in Catlins in the year 1770. It was
the team of the Captain James Cook who first discovered Catlins.