The Catlins River flows southeastward through The Catlins, an area of the southern South Island of New Zealand. Its total length is 42 kilometres (26 mi), and it shares its estuary with the Owaka River, flowing into the Pacific Ocean at Pounawea, 28 kilometres (17 mi) south of Balclutha.
The river's source is to the west of Mt Rosebery, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) southwest of Clinton.
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