About Us

South Catlins Charitable Trust

Our Story

The South Catlins Charitable Trust was formed in 2002 by the South Catlins community in order to preserve the areas incredible natural environment while catering to a growing number of visitors.

Since its inception the Trust has worked on key projects within Curio Bay including the reforestation of the Living Forest, development of walkways and restoration of the endangered yellow-eyed penguin habitat. As well as these efforts to conserve and protect the area they have made changes to improve the experience of the Bay for visitors and locals.

Passionate about the Catlins and its wildlife, The Trust have a strong desire to share the unique history and story of the area with visitors. Tumu Toka CURIOSCAPE is the culmination of their vision. As kaitiaki or guardians of this place, they welcome you.

Our Supporters

The Trust are indebted to the volunteers and community funders who have given so generously to support their work in Curio Bay as well as the development of Tumu Toka CURIOSCAPE. They would particularly like to acknowledge their partnership with the following organisations.

  • Southland District Council
  • Venture Southland
  • Department of Conservation
  • Te Rūnanga o Awarua
  • Community Trust of Southland
  • Mataura Licensing Trust
  • New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, Te Puna Tahua
  • Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
  • NZ Government
  • The Catlins