28 January, 2024

Dreamy Places to Visit in New Zealand

Imagine waking up to the sound of birdsong, the gentle rustle of leaves, and the distant crashing of waves. This is the experience that awaits you at the Catlins Coastal Hideaway, a rustic luxury cabin nestled in the heart of the Catlins in the South Island of New Zealand.

Dreamy Places to Visit in New Zealand

As a photographer, I am fortunate enough to spend my days capturing the beauty of this magical place. The rugged landscapes, the mesmerizing coastline, and the untouched wilderness provide an endless array of subjects for my lens. I also host Rewild Portrait Experience weekends here where I work closely with women & couples who embark on a journey of self discovery & exploration through adventurous photo sessions. But it's not just the photography that keeps me coming back to this hidden gem; it's the experience of staying in such a dreamy location. This place is quite literally my spirit animal.

When I first set foot on the property, I couldn't believe my eyes. A sprawling 600 hectares of private farm land, adorned with native forest and lined with epic coastlines and cliffs. It's a place that feels like another world when you're there.

But it's not just the breathtaking natural beauty that sets this place apart. It's the attention to detail and the rustic charm of the cabin itself. Designed after a traditional musterers hut, the cabin exudes a sense of history and authenticity. You can almost imagine the hardy mustering men and women who once called this place home, tending to their flocks and living off the land.

Stepping onto the deck, you're greeted with rocking chairs that beckon you to sit and take in the ever-shifting landscape. It's a place where time seems to stand still, where you can watch the sun rise and set in a dazzling display of colors. And if you're lucky enough to be here at the right time, you might even witness the ethereal beauty of the Aurora Australis dancing across the night sky.

But the rustic luxury doesn't end with the cabin itself. Venture down to the private beach, and you'll find a sanctuary all to yourself. The soft sand between your toes, the gentle crash of the waves, and the sense of peace that washes over you - it's a feeling that is truly incomparable.

And if you're a nature lover like me, you'll be in paradise. The bird life here is simply incredible, with the New Zealand Falcons, Hawks, Tui, and Kereru adding a vibrant splash of color to the landscape. And if you're lucky, you might even spot a graceful fallow deer grazing in the distance, its majestic presence adding to the magic of the place.

It's not just the beauty of the surroundings that makes this location so special; it's the range of experiences on offer. As a photographer, I invite you to join me for a Rewild Portrait Experience. Imagine being able to capture this dreamlike setting as the backdrop for your most treasured memories. Whether you choose to stay in the cabin or have your shoot there, I guarantee that the result will be nothing short of breathtaking.

So whether you're searching for a romantic escape, an elopement venue, or simply the best accommodation in New Zealand, look no further than the Catlins Coastal Hideaway in the Catlins. Here, rustic luxury, untouched nature, and unforgettable experiences combine to create a truly magical destination. Book your stay today and let your wildest dreams come true.

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Venue: Catlins Coastal Hideaway

If you'd like to book accomodation, follow the link! If you'd like to book in a portrait experience at this dreamy spot, get in touch and we'll bring your vision to life in one of the most incredible places in NZ.


Kassandra Lynne Photography

Catlins View
Catlins Purakonui
Catlins Kitchen
Catlins Lounge
Catlins Bedroom
Catlins Shower