You will find the area of Western Southland located along the Southern Scenic Route between Invercargill and Te Anau. Allow at least a day to travel through this majestic area where summer days stretch into endless twilights, tinged by stunning sunsets that last, quite literally, for hours. The 'Riviera of the South' that is the popular seaside village of Riverton, hosts a variety of relics from the past (both Maori and European whalers), easy access to recreation and great place to unwind. Further along the road to Fiordland, Tuatapere boasts a frontier spirit, and is the launch pad to accessing the variety of natural environments that surround it.
Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track
The 62km Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track takes hikers through diverse and stunning scenery, from subalpine wilderness to sea-level views. Furnished with comfortable lodges to rest the weary, the track provides sweeping 360’ views of Southern Alps and coast while up on the Hump Ridge.
Contemplate the scenic Lake Hauroko, New Zealand’s deepest lake, with a cruise then get an adrenaline rush with one of the jet boat operators on the Wairaurahiri River – the steepest river in New Zealand to be navigated by commercial jet boat operators.
Gemstone Beach is known for its constant state of change from sand to stones with the storms and tides. Semi-precious gems such as garnet, jasper, quartz and nephrite can often be found on the beach.
For surfers, food lovers, history buffs or those simply contemplating the power of the great Southern Ocean, Colac Bay and its surrounds offer a great place to slow down and take a break.
The gateway to Fiordland National Park
At nearby Clifden, a quick walk into the Dean Forest leads to a 1000-year-old Totara tree. Then you can take your pick of Lakes Hauroko or Monowai, both bordering Fiordland National Park, and both offering great fishing, as well as wonderful bush walks. Tuatapere is an ideal base for many wilderness activities such as tramping, walking, fishing, whitebaiting, hunting, caving and jet boating.
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Southland gives visitors an unrivalled opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide range of wildlife and experience New Zealand at its natural best.View
Sandy beaches, abundant forests, mountainous plains and leisurely rivers give travellers a new adventure to pursue around every corner.View