Around The Mountains Cycle Trail, Garston
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Garston is a small settlement in northern Southland, close to the boundary with Otago. Garston's claim to fame is that it's the most inland settlement in New Zealand.

Like many other small settlements in Central Otago and Northern Southland, Garston owes its existence to the gold rushes of the late 1850s and early 1860s but is now known to be a farming district.

The Mataura River runs right past the town, making it an excellent destination for trout fishing. Garston is also becoming a popular tourist destination thanks to the 186km Around The Mountains Cycle Trail passing through. Great places like The Coffee Bomb, Garston Hunny Shop, The Garston Lodge and a large playground make Garston a town worth stopping for.

Garston also has its very own hop farm. At Garston Hops, you can find naturally produced, locally grown hops supporting local microbreweries. Look for their sign and the towering poles as you head out of town.

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