Tūātapere sits on the edge of wilderness amid spectacular unspoilt scenery and lush rolling farmland. It is the launch pad to accessing the variety of natural environments and adventure activities in Western Southland, including world-class jet boating and hiking. Lying on the Southern Scenic Route, it is an increasingly well-travelled place to stop.
The town has a rich sawmilling history and is home to a fascinating logging museum, along with many other quaint reminders of the town’s pioneering history. Tui Base Camp not only offers a range of affordable accommodation and facilities for travellers, it is also the homebase for the World Famous Tuatapere Sausage, as the town is also known as the sausage capital of New Zealand.
The Waiau River flows through Tūātapere, which is 8km from the southern coast, before reaching Te Waewae Bay and the majestic expanses of Blue Cliffs Beach. The South Coast Track and the impressive 3-day Hump Ridge Track begin at the end of the bay.