Set on the Catlins coast in the southeastern corner of the South Island is Tautuku Beach. This rugged, remote area is a haven for wildlife known for its fur seals, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins. If you are lucky you may even spot whales, which is no surprise as Tautuku was once home to a whaling station.
Tautuku Bay itself is a generous sweep of golden sand and widely regarded as one of the best in the Catlins. Backed by dunes and stretching for several kilometres it has a truly wild feel about it.
Exposed to the huge winter swells which drive up from the southern ocean this is also an area popular with surfers. Just around the corner from Tautuku is the Catlins Skeleton Reef, a well known big wave spot in these parts.
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Tautuku Beach tide times
Tue 11th DecemberLow 12:17am (0.92m)
High 06:26am (2.31m)
Low 12:37pm (1.02m)
High 06:37pm (2.24m)
Wed 12th DecemberLow 12:59am (0.97m)
High 07:06am (2.25m)
Low 01:19pm (1.06m)
High 07:19pm (2.18m)
Thu 13th DecemberLow 01:43am (1.02m)
High 07:48am (2.19m)
Low 02:02pm (1.10m)
High 08:05pm (2.13m)
Fri 14th DecemberLow 02:29am (1.05m)
High 08:34am (2.14m)
Low 02:49pm (1.12m)
High 08:56pm (2.10m)