Pounawea, Catlins, New Zealand

Pounawea, Catlins, New Zealand

PounaweaPounawea in the Catlins lies at the junction of Catlin and Owaka rivers
and is situated on an estuary.

The estuary is a great fishing area, where you will find shellfish,
flounder, brown and sea trout and the odd salmon.

There is a forest reserve with lots of bird life and several bush walks.

Pounawea, the Maori name for Catlins Lake
(the meeting place of the waters) was originally known as Moka-moka
until the first Post Office was established in 1899.

Pounawea become a busy port during the late 1800 early 1900 period and the most famous shipwreck
was the immigrant ship Surat, running ashore in Catlins Bay on New Year's Day 1874
and becoming a total loss, though no lives were lost.

Pounawea Estuary viewsSeagulls at Pounawea

Pounawea jetty
Pounawea is now a popular holiday place with campings,
motel units and B&B accommodation.

 Visit  Jack's Blowhole, just 10 km from Pounawea or
Nugget Point, where there is a hide from which to view
Yellow Eyed Penguin’s (HoiHoi), 15 km.

Also seal lions may be seen at close quarters on Surat Bay,
which is approx. 5km from Pounawea.

Towards PounaweaAlong the Estuary at Pounawea

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